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Liberals accused of misrepresenting arms export control regime

By Marco Vigliotti      

Government’s defence of the current regulatory framework suggests it doesn’t 'welcome greater oversight,' says NGO head.

NDP MP Hélène Laverdière, left, said she's disappointed that the governing Liberals defeated her motion to establish a parliamentary oversight committee for arms exports, though Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, right, argues that it was unnecessary and that Canada's defence industry is already 'highly regulated.' The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia

Critics are accusing the Trudeau government of ignoring legitimate concerns from the public and siding with the defence industry by defeating an NDP motion to establish an oversight committee to review arms exports. The proposal, introduced by NDP MP Hélène Laverdière (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.), the party's foreign affairs critic, was defeated in the House last week after both the governing Liberals and opposition Conservatives voted against it. The concept was to establish a parliamentary body to scrutinize exports in the

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