Diplo­matic spat es­ca­lat­ing

Crude oil im­ports to Canada easy to re­place, says en­ergy econ­o­mist

StarMetro Edmonton - - FRONT PAGE - Bruce Cam­pion-Smith and Alex Ballingall

OT­TAWA—Saudi Ara­bia has can­celled flights to Toronto by its national air­line and halted pur­chases of Cana­dian wheat and bar­ley as it ramps up re­tal­i­a­tion for Ot­tawa’s crit­i­cism of its hu­man rights and de­ten­tion of ac­tivists.

Saudi Ara­bia’s an­gry — and to some, sur­pris­ing re­ac­tion — has con­tin­ued with news that Saudi Air­lines would end its four-flights-a-week ser­vice be­tween Toronto and Riyadh in the days ahead.

And the king­dom has de­clared it will no longer buy Cana­dian wheat and bar­ley, con­firmed Cam Dahl, pres­i­dent of Ce­re­als Canada.

In the last year, Canada sent 135,000 tonnes of bar­ley to Saudi Ara­bia, a sig­nif­i­cant part of the 1.9 mil­lion tonnes of bar­ley ex­ports each year, and 70,000 tonnes of wheat, a smaller por­tion of the 16.5 mil­lion tonnes of wheat that went over­seas.

“We are see­ing pro­tec­tion­ism grow. I see this as part of that trend, us­ing trade for other than eco­nomic means,” Dahl said. “It wor­ries me a great deal.”

Yet Ot­tawa is show­ing lit­tle signs of back­ing down in its spat with the Mid­dle East pow­er­house.

“We’ve been pretty clear in our deal­ings around the world and specif­i­cally in Saudi Ara­bia that we know that it’s im­por­tant that we bring Cana­dian val­ues around the world. We are go­ing to con­tinue to enun­ci­ate what we be­lieve are the ap­pro­pri­ate ways of deal­ing with cit­i­zens,” Finance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau said Tues­day. Read the full story at thes­tar.com/canada

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