2017-05-18 20:20:29 UTC
"Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Liberal government will support a
Senate bill that would establish Magnitsky-style sanctions against human-rights abusers
in Russia and around the world, following in the footsteps of the U.S. and Britain.
The announcement comes a month after the House of Commons foreign affairs committee urged
the Liberal government to expand Canadian sanctions legislation to include human-rights
abusers, freezing their assets and denying them visas.
'In Canada and around the world, the issue of human-rights sanctions and in particular
the case of Sergei Magnitsky have drawn strong interest, and rightly so,' said Ms.
Freeland in a speech to the House of Commons on Wednesday night. 'However, there is no
current Canadian law that authorizes the imposition of sanctions specifically for
violations of international human rights obligations in a foreign state or for acts of
Great news! And to prove that this isn't simply another example of Ms. Freeland's
generational animosity to Russia and Russians, the legislation would of course apply to
places like Communist China and Saudi Arabia as well, right?