Déclarations / Statements

No to CANSEC, No to War!

Join the ILPS in Canada to expose and oppose CANSEC: the biggest arms dealer convention in Canada.

When: Wednesday May 31st, at 7am

Where: EY Centre, Ottawa (near the Ottawa International Airport)

Can’t make it in person? Support our efforts by contributing to our fundraiser at https://gogetfunding.com/war-is-a-racket-no-wars-for-profit-campaign-fundraiser/.

We, the International League of People’s Struggle in Canada, call to end Canada’s participation in the arms trade! NO TO CANSEC!

ILPS in Canada demands that Canada stop profiting off the arms trade! In 2022 the Canadian military spending reached over $36 billion which is set to increase by $8 billion over the next 5 years. This includes $500 million earmarked for the imperialist war in Ukraine. Canada’s participation in the war industry includes its purchase of 88 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, which over the course of the aircrafts’ lifespan will cost over $70 billion dollars.

Despite what the government may claim, Canada’s involvement in the war industry is not for defense but rather to protect and maintain its imperial interests overseas while generating profits for the ruling class.

The effects of Canadian arm sales and interventions in imperialist wars on ordinary people abroad are catastrophic. From its involvement in the war in Ukraine to the selling of weapons to reactionary regimes in places like Israel, the Philippines, and India, the Canadian state is no friend to the working people of the world. At home, the Canadian working class are made to suffer under rising inflation and a soaring cost of living as the government neglects the needs of the people in favour of profit.

Canada’s involvement in the war industry and arms trades culminates every year in Ottawa with the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CANSEC), North America’s largest weapons and “defence industry” convention. There are representatives from weapons manufacturers, military technology companies, and government agencies from over 55 countries and with hundreds of exhibitors.

Join ILPS in Canada this May 31st & June 1st as we confront the warmongers and those who profit off the misery of regular people and say NO TO IMPERIALIST WARS, CANADA OUT OF THE ARMS TRADE!

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