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“We’re still going to make the promotion of individual freedoms and the promotion of equality between men and women”, said the minister of international Relations Christine St-Pierre.
The minister of international Relations Christine St-Pierre, remains indifferent to the so-called testimony in support of the project independence of Quebec signed by “trolls” saudis who have champignonné on Twitter since the beginning of the week. “Quebecers are smart enough to make the difference. It does not impress me, these messages-there, ” she said in a media scrum Tuesday.
The rants of saudi Arabia do not carry nothing to the determination of Quebec to defend on the international stage in the respect of individual freedoms, supports the head of the diplomacy of québec. “We’re still going to make the promotion of individual freedoms and the promotion of equality between men and women. The situation in saudi Arabia was a little worried about everywhere in the world, ” she said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Council of ministers. “We will continue to do so. “
In this spirit, Ms. St-Pierre — in spite of the breakdown of the relationship between Ottawa and Riyadh — reiterated on Wednesday that the request for release of blogger saudi Raif Badawi, made by the national Assembly in the spring of 2015. Mr. Badawi was arrested in the kingdom wahhabi in 2012, and then sentenced to 1000 lashes, 10 years in prison for ” insulting islam “. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, and their three children have found refuge in Quebec. “What is important to us, it is that Raif Badawi can go here and can join his wife and children,” repeated Mrs. St-Pierre.
Expulsion of canada’s ambassador to Riyadh, recall of the saudi ambassador in Ottawa, freezing of commercial relations between the two States, the transfer of the 7000 students in saudi arabia’s present in Canada : the elected quebec said to have been “surprised” to see the saudi regime to roll the mechanics of the way since the beginning of the week.
Ms. St-Pierre is careful, however, to call the nationals quebec present in saudi Arabia to return to Canada since she had the insurance of the share of global Affairs in Canada as nationals quebecers can still receive consular services at the embassy of Canada in Riyadh.