The current dispute offers Canada the opportunity to adopt a new foreign policy based on advancing human dignity in the Middle East.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland crosses Ottawa's Wellington Street with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on their way to a press conference in May. They've offered no apologies for criticizing Saudi Arabia for its treatment of human rights activists recently. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Among almost 200 independent nations across the world, there are probably few more different in their national characters than Canada and Saudi Arabia.
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Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.
'I do agree that things need to be implemented as quickly as possible. We could've done this a lot sooner. The good news is that we’re doing it now and announcing it today,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau.