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Canada formally joins Arms Trade Treaty as experts urge cancelling Saudi LAV deal over Yemen war

By Aidan Chamandy      

Civil society groups, including Oxfam and Project Ploughshares, laud Canada's accession to the Arms Trade Treaty, but say much work still needs to be done.

One of General Dynamics Land Systems Canada's light armoured vehicles on display at the 2016 CANSEC military equipment trade show in Ottawa. The Hill Times file photograph

PARLIAMENT HILL—Canada formally acceded to the Arms Trade Treaty on Sept. 19, which aims to create common arms trade standards between signatories, but arms control experts from academia and civil society organizations are urging the federal government to stop exporting Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia over the Kingdom’s war in Yemen. The deal was negotiated in 2014 under the Harper government, but Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal government approved the $15-billion deal in 2016.

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