Canada's 'rights first' foreign policy could be costly

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Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada's ambassador, declared a freeze on new trade and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.

The Saudi government plans to move them immediately to other schools in countries like the U.S. and United Kingdom.

'We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours'.

"Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women's rights, and freedom of expression around the world".

The sudden deterioration in the Saudi-Canadian relationship is likely grabbing the attention of people in the city of London, Ont., more than anywhere else in the country.

"Throughout its long history, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has never accepted any interference in its domestic affairs by, or orders from any country", the country's foreign ministry wrote on Twitter, accompanied by a freakish and long-winded statement.

The Kingdom of Bahrain posted a statement on its website affirming its "full solidarity" with Saudi Arabia against "any external interference in its internal affairs or any side's attempt to undermine the Saudi sovereignty".

In little more than a year, the kingdom has led a four-country coalition that severed ties with neighbouring Qatar, recalled its ambassador to Germany and cut back its trade dealings with some German companies amid a diplomatic row. It follows Ottawa's rebuke of Riyadh for the arrest of a number of human rights activists. Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia totaled about $1.12 billion in 2017, or 0.2 percent of the total value of Canadian exports.

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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2018.

On Monday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir again criticised Canada's calls to free arrested civil society activists as a position built on "misleading" information.

Nauert declined to denounce Saudi Arabia's detainment of the Badawi sisters.

"It's not just a size of a market", Cereals Canada's Cam Dahl said in an interview with iPolitics. VIU is set to lose more than $650,000 in critical worldwide student tuition fees in the fall semester alone. "I think she has done a fantastic job at pointing out the obvious", Fuhr said. In response, Canada pledged to continue advocating human rights. The Saudi government also banned new trade with Canada, although it was unclear if it would affect existing annual Saudi-Canadian trade of almost $4 billion and a $13 billion defence contract.

His wife, Ensaf Haidar, and three children were granted Canadian citizenship earlier this summer, and live in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

"There are geopolitics at play, particularly the strategic and theocratic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran".

"Particularly in smaller and rural institutions where many of our Canadian students don't necessarily have the opportunities of living in a large urban centre where they would be exposed to many different types of cultural experiences, it's even more important for us that we bring that kind of diversity to our campus", Weeks said. If this hostility continues and Saudi Arabia chooses to cut off its oil supply to Canada, the East Coast might see an oil and gasoline shortage in the coming months.

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