Did Saudi Arabia Just Threaten Another 9/11 Attack on Canada? Well, Kinda

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The move comes with the kingdom still locked in a bitter dispute with Canada after Ottawa criticised Riyadh's jailing of women's rights activists.

The previous Conservative government also had challenges with Riyadh over human rights.

"The key is to work with allies and friends in the region to cool things down, which can happen quickly", said one source, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi's wife, who lives in Quebec with her three children, said Monday she was surprised when she heard about the two new arrests. The British government on Tuesday urged the two nations to show restraint. By contrast, the US accounted for 62 per cent of that figure.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together".

"The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and US barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada", Dwarkin said. Matt Pascuzzo said the Canadian government is in constant contact with Saudi Arabia and still waiting to get all the facts from the Saudis.

Ottawa did not publicly back down over the shock expulsion of Dennis Horak, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying Canada would continue to defend human rights around the world.

Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.

A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.


All Saudi Arabian students now studying in Canada will be transferred to other countries.

Traders said they had received an official notice from the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) about its decision.

Samar is a vocal campaigner for her brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

"The Kingdom will put on hold all new business and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action", the Saudi Press Agency added as well.

Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are now active, the company confirmed.

McTeague said the risk of Saudi Arabia causing gas prices to rise is minimal - even locally in New Brunswick - given the "very robust market" globally for crude and Irving Oil's allocation to the USA northeast.

She was arrested last week after years of punishment by Saudi authorities, including a 2014 travel ban and a 2016 arrest.

"We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change", Freeland said.

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