UPDATE: After this interview aired, the Liberal government announced it has ordered a review of the controversial helicopter deal. 
NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière says she’s outraged Canada is selling 16 helicopters to country whose president once claimed to have thrown a man to his death from one.
On Tuesday, the Philippines military signed a deal agreeing to buy Canadian-made Bell helicopters at the end of December. Reuters reported the Philippines government spent $233.36 million on the helicopters. In December of 2015, Canada also sold eight Bell helicopters to the Philippines armed forces. 
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of human rights abuses in the pursuit of his war on drugs in the country. And when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the issue with him in November, Duterte said it was “a personal and official insult.”
Laverdière thinks that the human rights violations by the Philippines military should outweigh the price tag of 16 helicopters. She spoke with As It Happens host Carol Off about …