Opinion: Now is not the time for Canada to stop trading with Saudi

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada could go from bad to worse, depending on Ottawa’s moves in the coming days and weeks ahead. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has ordered an investigation after The Globe and Mail reported last week that Canadian-manufactured armored vehicles from Ontario had been used by Saudi Arabian police forces in security operations in the eastern part of the country.

Freeland’s recent challenges to the kingdom on trade and human rights are rattling Canadian companies across industries who now fear retaliation by Riyadh if Canada were to act hastily without a carefully planned and executed Saudi Arabia engagement strategy.

Ottawa needs to open a fresh new dialogue to reset and normalize relations with Saudi Arabia in order to prevent current tensions from growing. If Canada-Saudi bilateral tensions were to reach a boiling point, the pain would be widespread and deep for Canadian businesses.

Source Credit: The Globe and Mail
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