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Canadian PM: Human Rights Issues Won't Derail LAV Sale to Saudis

Canadian leadership says it will proceed with the sale of light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Shown here is an upgraded LAV. (Photo: General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada)


October 4, 2015 By David Pugliese – Defense News


VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canada’s prime minister said a deal to provide Saudi Arabia with light armored vehicles will proceed despite growing concerns about that country’s human rights record. The CAN $14.8 billion (US $11 billion) deal would see General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada of London, Ontario, selling Saudi Arabia light armored vehicles (LAV) in what Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the “largest [export] contract in Canadian history.” The deal, originally announced in February 2014, has been shrouded in secrecy, with the Saudis not even acknowledging they are purchasing the Canadian-built LAVs. But Canada’s federal election campaign has now thrust the contract into the spotlight.


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