October 29th, 2020
Foreign Affairs Committee passes Harris' motion to study Canada's arms exports
Today, the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAAE) of the House of Commons passed my motion to study Canada's arms exports, with a special focus on Turkey.
Government is required to give FAAE access to all related documents and communications, unredacted, between Global Affairs Canada and the Minister's office, Privy Council Office and Prime Minister's Office.
- That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study of the granting of arms exports permits and the controls, protocols and policies that inform the granting of such permits and the imposition of export freezes;
- that particular attention be given to any permits granted while Canada’s freeze of arms exports to Turkey that began in October 2019 was still in effect, including WESCAM sensors;
- that, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a) the Committee order Global Affairs Canada to produce all documents, briefing notes, memorandums and emails between the department and the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Office, the Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister's Office related to the granting of any such permits as soon as possible, and no later than 60 days following the adoption of this motion;
- that these documents be provided to the Committee without redactions except to protect Cabinet confidences;
- and that the Committee in consultation with the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel commit to protect the confidentiality of the documents in consideration of commercial sensitivity, national security and international relations as required;
- and that the committee report its findings to the House.
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