The Canadian Business of War: CANSEC

The Canadian Business of War: CANSEC

If you’re a national army in the market for a brand spanking new jet, smart rifle, or drone, you might consider checking out CANSEC, Canada’s premier defense trade show.

While Canada is known as a peacekeeping nation and for ​turning down (publicly, at least) George Bush’s invitation to invade Iraq in the “Coalition of the Willing,” military exports ​are booming as of late.

And every year at CANSEC, held in Canada’s quiet capital of Ottawa, Canadian and international defence and security contractors hawk their wares to soldiers, generals, and defence officials from Peru to Israel. While the military products on site aren’t for sale per se, defence companies use CANSEC to showcase their best hardware to serious national armies looking for upgrades.

With the support of the Harper government, sales of Canadian defence merchandise are rising: The latest available government figures put sales increasing between 2010 to 2011, with later years reportedly expected to spike.

Last winter Canada touted one of the biggest arms sells in its history: a $10 billion deal for General Dynamics Canada to build light armoured vehicles for the Saudi Arabian Army.

So while you might think Canadians love their Alberta crude oil, maple syrup, and hockey players—they also don’t mind peddling military and security hardware the world over.

Read: Canada Is Selling Arms to Everyone It Can – http://bit.ly/1uU7QrM

Check out ‘Who Killed the Smart Gun?’ – http://bit.ly/2nZFErL

Watch VICE’s documentary ‘SOFEX: The Business of War’ – http://bit.ly/1yYPa0H

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50 Comments

  1. bouzinzé fabana on November 21, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    we are all on the same planete. now all of those guns is for what? to protecte a country? just say that no one have the ight to come into your contry and no one will even come in, simple. and also the airplane business wil shut down. seriously in this word, the mediocrity, the dumbness, the vices, depravation, stupidity , fast food ie bad nutrition, all of that are like some ressources for many business , they need them.



  2. Jeremiah Larkins on November 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Lockheed Martin is trying to unload their F22s on canada since the us is moving to the f35.



  3. Chris Chapman on November 21, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I want a Rocket Launcher



  4. Ruger Remington on November 21, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    look at all those toys



  5. Proud Canadian on November 21, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    And there goes the deal with the Saudis



  6. OakenHillHermit on November 21, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Euro is now out, they won’t modify to U.S/Canadian requirements, Rafelle it is! 😆



  7. Todd Schultz on November 21, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    I feel so sorry for my Kids and their Kids, they’re Fucked



  8. Chinese Data Harvester on November 21, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    They alwways say that the era of dogfight is over when a new generation comes out



  9. nortonUnleashed on November 21, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Wait when terrorists get those drones in their hands…we will live in tunels



  10. RR on November 21, 2021 at 6:41 pm


  11. Kevin Cordero on November 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    i want to buy that f35 sim.



  12. jordan gomes on November 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA anyone in the army knows this is SUCH a boost



  13. Jesus Carrera on November 21, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Another cool expo I don’t get to be a part of :/



  14. Natty on November 21, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Canada is a country full of pussys



  15. T Hoe on November 21, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    So we sold military equipment to suadi Arabia and now they are creating hate propaganda towards us…..



  16. iskiinthefastlane on November 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Time to get a conservative government back in power! Communist Trudeau has got to go!!



  17. Luke Hurley on November 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Those were mainly the Canadian division of a bunch of US defense companies



  18. Curtis Carpenter on November 21, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I wonder how this could influence Canada’s relationship with the UK in CANZUKZ?



  19. Raddz5000 on November 21, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    1:53 Oh no, not semi-automatic rifles.



  20. Bull Terror on November 21, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Armed Drones, for sale? 😏



  21. Ben Weaver on November 21, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Canada such a nice lovely fuckin bunch!!



  22. Supreme Vermin Airsoft on November 21, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Anyone notice it took him two hands when said “A one hand system”



  23. Sayan Chowdhury on November 21, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    I am really very proud ly respect Canada defence



  24. 37rod37 on November 21, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    I wonder….Canada, jets…..nahhh…t’was just a dream….almost reality.



  25. Melissa rochon on November 21, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    What



  26. Curtis Carpenter on November 21, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    The weapon depends on the army not just the army depends on the weapon.



  27. Curtis Carpenter on November 21, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    The question is how can a military measure the rate of its overall effectiveness based on each item?🌄



  28. YUAN L on November 21, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    why Canada even need army….



  29. JAC on November 21, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Lol lol NATO peace keeping force, that dude really believes that statement, Canada Defense ministry wouldn’t even accept the most safe peace keeping mission from NATO.



  30. Dogan on November 21, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Look at the killing tool they’re selling,. For Money. Murders



  31. FurNaxx on November 21, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    That jet simulator is unreal, i’d put that thing in my fucking house. If that’s a real stick for a jet that thay’ve converted to hook to a pc then i need it. I bet the tracking on it is precise asf and don’t get me started at the ergonomics of the HOTAS



  32. 37rod37 on November 21, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    At around 4:37 I thought "we’re toast" ..just think…



  33. Phil. L. on November 21, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    F35 all the way.



  34. savagex466 on November 21, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Am I the only one that thinks these expos are cool ? Deep down inside we know there wrong ?



  35. Jeremy Cooke on November 21, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    As a Canadian I am actually floored that we are creating the UNSC. Go us.



  36. Sean Joyce on November 21, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Defence products…if you buy a weapon you’re going to use it.Sell to both sides,you can’t loose.



  37. Even Garcia on November 21, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    "for training purposes" that’s funny ha-ha



  38. Davis Campbell on November 21, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Him saying "its not very Canadian" is frustrating.



  39. Schindlersfist on November 21, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Not as good as sofex



  40. jmgmarcus on November 21, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Oh wow, I thought Canadians were morally above this sort of thing? Well shit, guess not.



  41. Daily life taste on November 21, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Great



  42. Daniel Worley on November 21, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    War/Canada = oxy mOron



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  44. -- on November 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Why bother staying out of the war if your just gna go sell arms to Saudi Arabia…



  45. Malacki 655 on November 21, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    *cough* military industrial complex *cough*



  46. SuperMadman41 on November 21, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    This is news ? Canada has been selling billions of dollars worth of arms for decades like most western countries. Open secret…..



  47. savagex466 on November 21, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    " We dont dog fight anymore " F4 pilots from Vietnam have left the conversation



  48. Mouse Hill on November 21, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    its great to have our country in the rise in military technology and landing big contracts as well fir sales. G D is in my city and its great for our city. but why are we selling to countrys who arent our allies ? fuck saudia arabia and glad our trade deal regarding this equimpment has stopped. long live our canadian armed forces especialy JTF2



  49. Dark penguins on November 21, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    with drones my worry is how good the security on the hardware part of the assault drones.



  50. bradhunt120 on November 21, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    And yet a majority of are equipment is junk and awffull are boats fall apart withen weeks. Are tac vest can only hold 5 mags needing us to buy new vest and boats you see all this and yet the reality is we never get any of it