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Hard to Freeze ‘Frustrating’ Saudi Arms Deal, Trudeau Says

  • Canada PM says suspending contract could cost C$1 billion
  • Canadian lawmakers question contract after Khashoggi death
Justin Trudeau
Justin TrudeauPhotographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg
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Justin Trudeau is signaling he has scant leeway to cancel an arms contract with Saudi Arabia -- condemning the death of Jamal Khashoggi while nonetheless saying it’s “very difficult” to cancel a deal and could cost C$1 billion ($760 million) to do so.

Trudeau’s government, locked in a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia since August, has waffled on whether to suspend, or somehow intervene in, a deal to sell armored vehicles manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to the kingdom.