Griffin Poetry Prize founder and bankroller Scott Griffin is no longer associated with General Kinetics Engineering Corporation, the manufacturer of shock absorbers for armoured vehicles destined for Saudi Arabia as part of Canada’s $14-billion arms deal with the country, a spokesperson for the Griffin Poetry Prize has confirmed.
A CANADALAND investigation earlier this year by author Michael Lista focused on the ties between Griffin’s General Kinetics, an arms deal and the Griffin poetry prize. The largest arms deal in Canadian history will see $14 billion in armoured vehicles sold to Saudi Arabia, a country with a horrific human rights record. The deal raised complicated ethical questions about Griffin’s role as bankroller of Canada’s most prestigious poetry prize, a prize he founded in his name.
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