What's driving Saudi Arabia's rapidly escalating feud with Canada?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador, To Withdraw Students From Canada Over Women's Rights Criticism

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador, To Withdraw Students From Canada Over Women's Rights Criticism

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, recalled its ambassador to Canada, and put trade deals between the two countries on ice. It wasn't immediately clear if he was in the kingdom.

Riyadh shot back, lashing out at what it described as "a blatant interference in the Kingdom's domestic affairs, against basic global norms and all worldwide protocols".

"It's not just a size of a market", Cereals Canada's Cam Dahl said in an interview with iPolitics.

Additionally, on Monday it was announced that "training, scholarships and fellowships" for Saudi students in Canada are now being shelved. Freeland said the embassy in Saudi Arabia is still in place and providing services to Canadians.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson says Saudi Arabia and Canada are "close partners" and Washington would ask the Saudi government for more information about the arrests of women's rights activists. Well, sure, but we're talking about Saudi Arabia here.

The same statement also recalled the Saudi's own ambassador to Canada back to Riyadh "for consultation", and halted all business and investment transactions between the two countries.

You may not be too surprised to learn that all the brouhaha started in the Twitterverse.

Al Jubeir said the charges against women's rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al Sada will be made public once the case reaches the courts.

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Saudi women still need permission from male guardians to travel overseas or marry. Allowing women to drive, thus agreeing that women should be free to move about, was a really big improvement.

In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his "serious concern" over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman. Saudi Arabia supplies oil to the Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The kingdom's first response was to call the wording of the tweet (immediate release) "very unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable".

A Twitter storm erupted when an official Saudi propaganda account mocked up a picture of a passenger plane being flown into the CN Tower in Toronto with the caption: "As the Arabic saying goes: 'He who interferes with what doesn't concern him finds what doesn't please him". Some saw the image as a veiled reference to the 9/11 attacks on the USA, in which 2,996 people were killed after 19 hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center's twin towers and the Pentagon.

Many commentators were quick to point out the impropriety of such a tweet that invoked a gruesome incident in the history.

And the escalation continues. Furthermore, all flights to and from Toronto would be suspended starting August 13, according to state airline, Saudia Airlines. Investors are skeptical, given rash actions like these toward Canada.

It was unclear how many Saudi patients would be affected by the decision and how many were covered by the kingdom's health care system.

The president of Okanagan College said the school estimates that if its 65 new and returning students from Saudi Arabia don't attend the school next year, its revenue will decrease by $850,000. "Impulsive foreign-policy decisions like this have the exact opposite effect".

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