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Globe and Mail: Ottawa rewrites mandate for screening arms exports

August 2, 2016 — 

As the Globe and Mail reports:

Andrea Charron, a member of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba, said export controls have arguably always been about balancing businesses interests and Canada’s national interests.

“One of the reasons that you are starting to see slight changes is because time and time again Canada and other NATO countries have found that when they have very, very restrictive arms controls, all of the sudden it means they can’t actually arm people they want to arm,” she said.

She said what will be important is to see whether the Liberal government’s commitment to join the global Arms Trade Treaty ends up strengthening export controls. “When all of the legislation is completed, we may find it is actually stronger.”


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