Military Capabilities

Canada pledges tighter arms export regulation

09 February 2018

Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has responded to ongoing controversy over the country’s defence exports, delivering a speech on 8 February to the country’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee.

In her speech, Freeland set out a more rigorous approach to export approvals now being pursued by the government.

The move follows criticism of Canada’s planned accession to the international Arms Trade Treaty, announced in April 2017, as an inadequate response to rising concerns about the compatibility of its substantial international defence trade with its stated foreign policy.

“This is a significant decision. It will mean changes in how Canada regulates selling weapons.

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