Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government would start re-engaging Canada with the world by signing a landmark global treaty to regulate the arms trade.
The Conservative government’s refusal to sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty is an example of how Stephen Harper’s penchant for going it alone in the world has reduced Canada’s global voice, he said.
“Mr. Harper hasn’t seemed to notice that the fact that he shouts loudly on the world stage doesn’t offset the fact that nobody’s listening much to Canada any more,” Trudeau said at a morning rally in support of candidates in the London area.
The New Democrats have also called on the Harper government to sign the treaty that came into force on Dec. 24, 2014.
It seeks to regulate the international trade in conventional weaponry from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.
The federal government has yet to sign and has raised concerns over how it would affect gun owners in Canada.