"Protect the king. The first rule of chess is the basic principle of Western policy on Saudi Arabia. It was Canada’s policy under the Conservatives, and it is Canada’s de facto policy under the Liberals. The new government has no plans to stop a $15-billion weapons contract." "But the contract also fits with Canadian policy toward Saudi Arabia under both the Conservatives and now effectively under the Liberals: backing the Saudi regime despite its poor human-rights record. That is U.S. policy, and it has been Canadian policy, too."