Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion speaks in the House of Commons. (Photo: The Canadian Press)Groups such as Amnesty International and Project Ploughshares have called on the government to cancel the deal. Dion has said the government would closely examine all future Saudi export permits with an eye towards ensuring they are consistent with international law, human rights and national interests. The documents acknowledge the controversy surrounding the deal, but conclude there are no violations that would justify cancelling the deal. "The government is undertaking a review of Canada's current export control measures — to find ways to make the process more open, transparent, and accountable," Dion's spokesman Joe Pickerill said Tuesday night. The analysis in the documents — stamped "Secret" — also acknowledges the poor Saudi human rights record, but it concludes there's no tangible link between it and the Ontario-made LAVs. "Working with the Saudis allows us to hold them to account and creates opportunities to make progress on a range of issues, including human rights," said Pickerill.
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