Canadian war profiteering first, human rights a poor second

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This video from the Canadian parliament is called Elizabeth May: Adjournment Proceedings — Arms Trade.

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press, published on Sunday December 08 2013:

Dubious human-rights record, history of violence? You can buy Canadian-made guns

Though Canada’s arms trade is legal and regulated, analysts say the increases raise questions about the government’s foreign policy commitment to human rights.

OTTAWA—Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal government data shows.

The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available.

During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased to Pakistan (98 per cent), Mexico (93 per…

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