Trudeau's government says it is trying to find a way to stop the shipments of armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, as Riyadh will condemn the condemnation of the high-profile war he raids in neighboring Yemen and the assassination of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously talked about the sale of arms sales between Canada and Saudi Arabia and even suspended export license applications for armored vehicles as a means of pushing Saudi officials to fully explain the murders of Mr. Khashoggi.
But now the Canadian leader speaks of ending deliveries.
"We are involved with export permits to try to see if it is the way to export these vehicles to Saudi Arabia," Trudeau told CTV question Period Sunday. The Prime Minister's Office did not make any other remarks but noted that Trudeau also said that Khashoggi's murder was "unacceptable", Canada has asked for answers from Riyadh and that the agreement was signed by the Harper Government.
Trudea's most recent remarks are the clearest sign that the liberal government has seriously decided the massive agreement that Ottawa mediated by selling armored vehicles to Riyadh – worth more than $ 15 billion over 14 years.
Thomas Juneau, associate professor at the University of Ottawa University's Graduate School in Public and International Affairs, invited Trudeau's comments on "Potential Significant Development".
It is still unclear what solution Mr. Trudeau has in mind or how close the government can be to implementing it. It is not clear whether Ottawa could interrupt deliveries or cancel the contract completely.
"I can not say it's a surprise. In recent weeks, it became clear that the government, which had long been unpleasant for trade, moved in that direction," Professor Juneau, an expert on Mideast policy.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's spokeswoman Alex Lawrence said, "We are serious when we say we are checking arms exports to Saudi Arabia, so we are doing a diligent approach by looking at all the scenarios – but no final decisions have been taken as the review continues."
As Trudeau started operating in 2015, Liberals have repeatedly refused to move when they are pushed to end this agreement. Originally signed by the former Harper government and assisting thousands of jobs in Canada, especially in Southwest Ontario. Trudeau's government even made a decisive step towards granting export permits issued in 2016 even though Ottawa was warned of further deteriorating human rights in Saudi Arabia.
The possible reversal of the government now reflects an intensified breakdown with western countries such as Canada and the Saudi government after the killing of Riyadh Khashugi. Earlier this month, including the US media, the Washington Post reported on the CIA's belief that Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered killing Khashugi – in contravention of Riyad's claim that he was not involved in the assassination.
The US Senate gave a few days ago a rare twin to President Donald Trump – one of the few defenders of Saudi Arabia today – to end the US military support for the war in Yemen and accuse Saudi Crown prince of murder. The resolution has not yet gone to the US House of Representatives.
At the end of October, the Government of Canada announced that it would postpone the granting of new weapons licenses to Saudi Arabia. It has since studied a light armored vehicle agreement – an agreement Trudeau had previously warned would be expensive to break. He has warned that it could pay Canadian billions of dollars as punishment for termination of the contract due to reasonable terms in the agreement.
When the international curse grew the crown prince of a fierce criticism of Mr Khashoggi's assassination on October 2, Trudeau had also talked about the possible suspension of export permits that would allow LAV to be exported to Riadi.
One of the major obstacles to ending LAV deliveries to Saudi Arabia would be the workplace damage to the London General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLSC) factory and around where vehicles are assembled.
When this agreement was first published in 2014, the Canadian government stated that it had more than 3,000 jobs annually in Canada.
But when the criticism of the Saudi Arabian federal government grew over the years, GDLSC has emphasized a wider share of employment affected by Riyadh's agreement.
As of 2017, the company has said that its operations, including the Mid Saudi Agreement, maintain 13,500 jobs. This is direct jobs, indirect jobs, and so-called "induced jobs" – those that General Dynamics employees have contributed. These are all the jobs that derive from the GDLS-C business, most of which depends on our great deal, "Doug Wilson-Hodge, a spokeswoman for the company, told The Globe and Mail earlier this year.
One option for a Liberal government expected to lead next year's general election vote is to find another buyer in Saudi Arabia or buy them directly to the Canadian Army. Canadian armed forces are already light armored vehicles.
Last month, Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser, Mr. Trudeau, called for the suspension of the Canadian-Saudi-LAV agreement.