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Canadian PM Trudeau’s affection for Islamist Erdogan

Christine Douglass-Williams

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports ISIS, is virulently anti-Israel, and is now recruiting jihadists from Syria with plans to attack Greece. Turkey also violated Greek airspace 45 times, and meddles in Libya. Erdogan called the EU “sick” and “collapsing”; he called French President Emmanuel Macron mentally unbalanced for protecting the freedom of speech in France in the wake of a teacher’s beheading for offending Islam. He referred to Dutch politician Geert Wilders as a “terrorist” for supporting the right to “offensive” free speech. And according to Armenian reports, Turkish leader Erdogan has been sending Syrian jihadists and F-16 combat jets to aid Azerbaijani forces in their conflict with Armenians. To this day, Erdogan also denies the Armenian genocide. Yet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau actually “discussed the issue of WESCAM exports to Turkey with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a phone conversation in April.”

Trudeau already has a worrisome record in advancing the cause of Islamization in Canada.

“Opposition presses Trudeau on exemption to military drone tech sales to Turkey,” by Levon Sevunts, RCI News, October 27, 2020:

Canada’s opposition Conservative Party wants answers from the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over its decision to allow a Canadian company to sell advanced drone technology to Turkish arms manufacturers despite its own ban on military exports to Turkey.

The issue of Canadian defence exports to Turkey was brought to the fore once again last week when Armenian authorities displayed remains of what they claim is a Turkish combat drone, featuring high-tech Canadian-made optical sensors and a target acquisition system.

A spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Defence said the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone was shot down by Armenian air defence units during fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on Oct. 21.

Armenian officials released detailed photos and video of the drone’s optical sensors and its target acquisition system that experts consulted by Radio Canada International identified as an CMX-15D system produced by L3Harris WESCAM in Burlington, Ont.

The WESCAM CMX-15D system — which basically allow drone operators to see what’s happening on the ground and paint targets for airstrikes, either by the drone’s own missiles or by other aircraft — was manufactured in June of this year and installed on the downed Bayraktar TB2 in September, said Shushan Stepanyan, spokesperson for the Armenian Defence Ministry.

Speaking during question period in the House of Commons on Monday, Conservative Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Chong demanded to know why the sale of these WESCAM systems was allowed to proceed despite the arms embargo announced by Canada following the Turkish invasion of northern Syria in October of 2019.

Chong referred to a story by Radio Canada International, reporting that Trudeau discussed the issue of WESCAM exports to Turkey with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a phone conversation in April.

“Last April, the prime minister spoke with Turkish President Erdogan and reports indicate he committed to addressing Turkish concerns about the suspension of these arms exports,” Chong said in the House of Commons.

“Subsequently, seven drone systems were approved for export from Canada to Turkey. Did the prime minister or foreign affairs minister override the recommendations of Global Affairs officials and approve these exports to Turkey?”

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