Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t backing down as the Canada-Saudi Arabia rift continues to escalate, saying his government will not shirk from raising concerns about human-rights violations in other countries.
Asked if he would express regret to Saudi Arabia for his government’s public call last week for the release of arrested women’s rights activists in the kingdom, Mr. Trudeau offered no apology.
Instead, he told journalists on Wednesday his government will continue to stand up for Canadian values and human rights. “Canadians have always expected [us] to speak strongly, firmly, clearly and politely about the need to respect human rights at home and around the world."
Mr. Trudeau’s comments came just hours after Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir ruled out mediation in this dispute and warned of more measures to further punish Canada. He said it’s up to the Canadian government to make things right.
Also on Wednesday, news emerged Saudi Arabia is selling government-held Canadian investments to further punish this country.