So, I see in the Globe and Mail that “Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador and frozen new trade deals with this country in a growing dispute over the Canadian government’s criticism of human-rights violations in the Islamic kingdom.” Well, good for them … Minister Freeland’s continual virtue signalling in pursuit of the Trudeau feminist/LGBT etc agenda, does, as often as not, skate close to the edge of what a Saudi official called ““blatant interference in the Kingdom’s domestic affairs, against basic international norms and all international protocols” and a “major, unacceptable affront to the Kingdom’s laws and judicial process, as well as a violation of the Kingdom’s sovereignty …”” But close only counts in horse-shoes and hand grenades and the Saudis know that they are violating most of the norms of civilized conduct as they try to maintain a medieval religious regime in the 21st century.
According to the report in the ‘Good Grey Globe,’ “The Saudis said they will “put on hold all new business and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action.”” The report also says that “Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia exceeded $4-billion last year, a significant portion of it from a controversial multibillion-dollar deal to sell combat vehicles equipped with machine guns and cannons to the Saudis. Saudi Arabia is one of Canada’s biggest export markets in the Gulf region and more than 15,000 Saudi students attend Canadian schools and universities.“
But there is, also, this (sourced from the National Energy Board (march 2018)):
… we don’t see the green movement protesting East Coast or Quebec port tanker traffic, do we?
I’m not suggesting that Canada should expel those 15,000 Saudi students ~ I think that backwards kingdom cannot be anything but better by having hundreds of thousands of young people who have been educated in America, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
I’m not suggesting that we stop selling them weapons:
- First, if we stop someone else ~ America, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, etc ~ will sell them what they want; and
- Second, the Saudis are using our weapons to kill people who are, arguably, worse than they are … however you define worse South Yemen is likely to be on the list.
What I am suggesting is that Conservative Party of Canada should say that it will do a 180° pipeline policy course change and will push a pipeline, a revived Energy East project, perhaps, through Quebec, all the way to Saint John, NB, to give Eastern Canadian refineries Canadian ‘ethical oil‘ to process to meet Canadian demand and to allow Canadian crude to compete with American, Arab and European crude oil on world markets … we should all hope that there will still be lots of the giant ULCC tankers in Eastern Canadian ports but they should be taking Canadian crude out, not bringing Saudi crude in.
Saudi Arabia is not our enemy … it simply doesn’t matter enough to be an enemy. But, big BUT, it is NOT a friend, either. It is, simply, a competitor in some markets and one from which we can and, in our own self interest, should ‘steal‘ a big share of our own, domestic energy market.
Saudi Arabia is within its rights to be miffed with Canada … Canada should shrug and look for ways to help the Saudis rely less and less on our markets … so our opinions will not bother them so much any more.