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Trudeau Blames Harper for High Costs Of Scrapping Saudi Arms Deal

Posted October 26, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Joan Bryden – Canadian Press)

The price for registering Canada’s outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went up exponentially Thursday, as Justin Trudeau revealed the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”

The prime minister blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government — which signed the contract to sell light armoured vehicles to the desert kingdom — for making it so costly to cancel and for making it impossible for him to publicly reveal the exact figure.

But he was accused by the NDP of inventing numbers to justify not cancelling the contract.

Earlier this week, Trudeau signalled his reluctance to cancel the deal, saying he didn’t want to “leave Canadians holding a billion-dollar bill because we are trying to move forward on doing the right thing.” Click here to read more.