Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, said because the statement Sunday from Saudi Arabia specified that new trade deals will freeze, it is hard to determine what the economic impact will be.
Another source said Canada will be turning to its old ally the United Kingdom for help, which has appealed for calm. The British government on Tuesday urged the two nations to show restraint. "And of course, Irving sells most of its product into the United States, not Canada", he said. U.S. President Donald Trump - who criticized Trudeau after a Group of Seven summit in June - has forged tighter ties with Riyadh.
Analysts say the dispute between Riyadh and Ottawa shows Saudi Arabia won't accept any outside criticism and will continue flexing its muscles overseas, especially as the kingdom enjoys a closer relationship with President Donald Trump.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement later in the day refusing to walk back Canada's stance.
On the diplomatic dispute, Kocijancic said that "we don't comment on bilateral relations".
It's important to propagate Canadian values around the world, and the Liberal government will continue to "enunciate" what it believes are the "appropriate ways of dealing with citizens", Morneau told a news conference in Mississauga, Ont.
Saudi Arabia announced that it would not engage in any new trade dealings with Canada in response to Ottawa's call for the release of women's rights activists.
Traders said they had received an official notice from the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) about its decision.
Paul stressed the situation is worse when the government does what it wants in secret and is not singled out for alleged human rights violations. Matt Pascuzzo said the Canadian government is in constant contact with Saudi Arabia and still waiting to get all the facts from the Saudis.
Among those reportedly still being held are Hatoon al-Fassi, a leading voice for women's participation in civil life; human rights defender Khaled al-Omair; women's rights activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef, Nouf Abdulaziz and Mayaa al-Zahrani; Ms Hathloul's 80-year-old lawyer, Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh; and the activist Abdulaziz Meshaal.
The TRU spokesperson said it wasn't clear how numerous Saudi students on campus receive that kind of funding. "(The ambassador) was very clear in saying he was irritated by what he saw as passivity by the Canadian government, which in his view was not resisting that criticism".
"We are waiting for Saudi Arabia to offer some more specifics on what they intend to do", Freeland said when asked about the arms deal.
The sudden deterioration in the Saudi-Canadian relationship is likely grabbing the attention of people in the city of London, Ont., more than anywhere else in the country. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.
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