Research Archive
of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

 

 

 

Canada's Military Exports
to the Middle East and North Africa

For decades, Conservative & Liberal governments alike -- while preaching peace and human rights -- have facilitated and promoted the steady flow of weapons, ammunition, tear gas, battle vehicles, explosives and much more, to repressive undemocratic governments in the Middle East and North Africa. Inspired by popular revolutions and protests throughout the region, COAT has published many sets of detailed data tables to expose $2 Billion in Canadian arms exports to the region.  COAT's research shows that Canada is deeply complicit in aiding and abetting many unpopular U.S.-backed puppet regimes that have retained their grip on power through coercion, intimidation and violence.
Canadian War Industries Flog their Wares at IDEX 2013, the Middle East's Largest Arms Bazaar
(February 20, 2013)

Canada's Six Largest
Pension Funds
Invest in War

Click the links, at right, for data tables exposing Canada's largest pension funds and their investments in the world's weapons industries.

"Killer Pensions:   Pension funds force Canadians to invest in war industries."
The Monitor (front page), published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (July 2012).

* Master Table: Pensions & War (combines data from all tables below) 

Five Tables on Top Canadian Pension Fund Investments in:
* The world's top-100 war industries
* F-35 stealth fighter/bomber contractors
* Cluster-munition manufacturers
* Nuclear weapons manufacturers
* Top-100 war industries from prior to 2010

COAT research revealed that the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) has $1.5 billion in direct investments in 68 companies selling military-, police-, surveillance- &/or prison products to Israel.  Four other large Canadian pension funds have invested an additional $3.2 billion in these companies.  (See summary table and sources)

See COAT's archived PETITION to:
"Stop CPP investments in firms supplying Israel with
military, police, surveillance or prison-related products!"

Stoking the Tsunamis
of War and Repression

On March 11, 2011, just hours after Japan's earthquake, the Canadian government finally released its much-delayed, severely-flawed report on arms exports. Contrary to government rhetoric, over 96% of Canada's military exports go to countries at war. Canadian military exports also aid and abet regimes that flagrantly and systematically abuse basic human rights. 
WikiWeapons Canada
In 2011, COAT published a database revealing details on 18,888 Canadian military-export contracts to the US (worth US$7.2 billion). This database exposes Canadian firms selling small arms, ammunition, battle vehicles and high-tech parts for major weapons that the US has used in Iraq and elsewhere. Because Canadian government reports (both Liberal & Conservative alike) have never included any Canadian sales to the US, they have concealed 80% of our military exports. COAT's publication of this database reverses this longstanding and shameful, government cover up.
CANSEC 2009 Exporters
CANSEC --
Canada's largest military industry trade show -- is organised by Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and is held annually in Ottawa

This table names the 216 CANSEC 2009 exhibitors, provides links to their websites,
and -- mostly importantly -- supplies lists of the countries to which 90 of these companies have admitted exporting their products.

Canadian Military Exports to Countries at War, 2003-2005
Between 2003 and 2005, Canada exported more than $5.6 billion in military exports to
73 countries. Of these 73 nations, 39 had troops engaged in major military conflicts,
either at home or abroad.
These
39 warring nations receiving Canadian military
hardware accounted for a full 90% (i.e., $5.1 billion) of the total value of Canada's
military exports between 2003 and 2005.
See this COAT research for tables, graphs
and charts detailing Canada's role in arming the world's major wars and warmongers.


Canadian Military Exports to Countries at War, 2003-2006
Between 2003 and 2006, Canadian military exports totaling at least $7.4 billion were
sold to 88 countries. While most of these sales were to US institutions of war, 55 other
countries also received Canadian arms exports while they deployed troops and
equipment to US-led wars. When one includes Canadian military exports to countries
fighting major armed conflicts within their own borders, the number of recipients
reaches 62. This means almost 70% of the countries receiving Canadian military
exports, during the period in question, were engaged in significant armed hostilities.

The CANSEC War Fair:
Weapons Galore and Global Warfare

In this report, COAT links 50 Canadian exporters at CANSEC 2009 to the production of:
  (1)  Anti-Personnel Cluster Bombs, Fragmentation Bombs and Phosphorous Bombs,
  (2)  Automatic Weapons, Semi-Automatic Weapons, Machine Guns and Chain Guns,
or (3) High-tech components for weapons systems that deliver:
  (a) Nuclear Weapons, (b) Depleted Uranium Munitions,  (c) Anti-Personnel Cluster Bombs, and (d) Anti-Personnel Landmines

Profiting from the Slaughter of Innocents in Iraq
This COAT report is an expos of 130 Canadian war industries that have supplied products and services for 39 different varieties of US warplanes used in the invasion and occupation of Iraq since March 2003.  There are separate data tables for each of these major US weapons systems and hundreds of links are provided to detail the contributions made by Canadian companies to each of these weapons systems.  Data includes which companies were members of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries and which exhibited at the CANSEC war industry bazaar in 2008 and /or 2009.

Canadian Military Exports to Israel:
Aiding and Abetting War Crimes in Gaza (2008-2009)

In response to the bombing of Gaza and the deaths of hundreds of innocent children and other innocent civilians, COAT produced a research report on Canadian military companies with either direct or indirect export links to Israel.  The report includes ten data tables containing detailed information about more than 200 Canadian military exporters.  Of these 200 companies, 105 were members of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) which organises CANSEC, Canada's largest arms bazaar. Fifty of these Canadian companies supplied components and/or services for US F-15s, F-16s and AH-64s, which are major, US weapons systems supplied to Israel.

A Chronology of Haitian Protest and Resistance
after the January 12, 2010, Earthquake

This is a COAT database structured in a calendar format that brings together hundreds of photographs, videos and quotations from news articles to document the incredible, revolutionary spirit of Haitians.  The database highlights 50 protests, marches and other demonstrations organised in Haiti during January, February and March of 2010.  These events exposed and opposed the slow, unfair and corrupt manner in which so much of the food, water, tents and other relief supplies were distributed.  Participants also expressed profound opposition to the hyper-militarised response to Haiti's humanitarian disaster.

InvAID: The Militarisation of Aid to Haiti
This resource consists of links to about 200 articles documenting the extremely militarised response to Haiti's earthquake.  Deploying thousands of troops took precedence over distribution of humanitarian supplies and amounted to a military invasion.  The articles also expose the phony pretexts used to rationalise the invasion and enhanced occupation of Haiti, and the real reasons for pouring so many troops and weapons into that country.