Saturday, June 04, 2016
Now We Know Why the Liberals Don't Want to Scrap the Saudi Deal
Well it's taken a while, but now we know why the Liberal government is so reluctant to scrap the deal to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.
Not just because it would cost thousands of jobs, in an area of Canada which has been ravaged by the collapse of our manufacturing industry.
But also because there would be a huge cancellation penalty.
Negotiated and inflicted upon us courtesy of Stephen Harper.
The government of Canada would be on the hook for a multibillion-dollar cancellation penalty if it were to break a controversial deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia under the contract signed by the previous Conservative government, the Star has learned.
A source who spoke to the Star on condition of anonymity said the cancellation penalty is part of the contract reached after Harper personally sought support from Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada to secure the 14-year deal to deliver weaponized vehicles — a deal that was otherwise looking certain to go to Germany.
And other Cons like Ed Fast, who now says the deal is the Liberal's problem.
“I’m not going to comment on the details of the contract. That’s for the current Liberal government to respond to,” said former Conservative international trade minister Ed Fast, who worked on the deal along with Stephen Harper’s foreign affairs minister, John Baird.
“All I will say is it is a very significant-sized contract. It has very significant benefits to Canada’s economy and I will certainly acknowledge that a termination of the contact unilaterally by one party will have very significant consequences,” Fast said in an interview with the Star.
And John Baird who says it isn't.
“In fairness to the Liberals,” Baird said, “this was successfully negotiated by General Dynamics Land Systems under the previous Conservative government and you shouldn’t blame the Liberal government for that. Contracts should be sacrosanct, and the new government is honouring that and it’s the right thing to do.”
But having flogged the deal so furiously, insists the Liberals must honour the contract.
“This is good for the economy of Canada, but it is also good for the security of Canada because we don’t want ISIS moving into Saudi Arabia,” Baird said.
And really what more can you say about a government that would saddle another government with a deal like that one?
Except they really are shameless...
And for making us all financial hostages of the ghastly Saudi regime.
He really should have been jailed...
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