in the other part of the world the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is trying to bully Canada into being quite about human right abuses in their country by cutting off all trade and diplomatic relations. Hopefully other countries will join Canada side in this dispute.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada isn’t backing down from its position that led to diplomatic sanction from Saudi Arabia.
Freeland made the comments Monday afternoon in Vancouver a day after Saudi Arabia announced it would cease new trade deals with Canada and expel the Canadian ambassador.
“I will say Canada is very comfortable with our position. We are always going to speak up for human rights; we’re always going to speak up for women’s rights; and that is not going to change,” she told a news conference.
“Canadians expect our foreign policy to be driven by and to embody Canadian values, and that is how we intend to continue our foreign policy.”
It would appear Canada is putting their money where their mouth is if they don’t do the 15 billion dollar arms deal because of this? That’s a lot of money.
Freeland said the government was still waiting for more information about the specifics of how new sanctions would impact ongoing trade agreements between the two countries. This means the fate of Canada’s $15-billion arms deal, which includes providing armoured vehicles to the country, is still unknown.