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Arms exports top $1-billion, as Saudi sales spike

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Critics say Canada’s 2017 military export report highlights an ongoing loophole that leaves an estimated half of total exports—those headed to the U.S.—not tracked or controlled.

Earlier this year Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office added a 'substantial risk clause' to Bill C-47 to prevent arms exports to countries with a risk of rights violations, but critics say it doesn’t go far enough. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Canada’s military exports jumped by almost 44 per cent in 2017 to $1.03-billion, an increase that mirrors a spike in trade with Saudi Arabia since 2016, according to a new report capturing the first reporting period of the multi-year controversial $15-billion arms deal. Almost half of Canada’s exports, $497.5-million, went to the Saudis in 2017, a nearly 250 per cent jump from $142.2-million in 2016, when it was also the largest non-U.S. arms destination for Canadian goods. It’s not

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