Weekend Reads Danielle Smith: Now is the time for Canada to fight back against Saudi Arabia

01:56  10 august  2018
01:56  10 august  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights

  Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights TORONTO - The rift between the federal government and Saudi Arabia has prompted the country's state airline to suspend operations in Canada. Saudi Airlines issued a tweet early Tuesday saying flights to and from Canada would be suspended starting August 13. Saudi Arabia operates at least two routes to the country, both of which depart from Toronto. Transport Canada did not immediately respond to request for comment on the decision. Saudi Airlines' Saudi Airlines issued a tweet early Tuesday saying flights to and from Canada would be suspended starting August 13.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Saudi outrage at the Trudeau government is little more than bluster and strut, so what is Saudi Arabia really trying to accomplish? The overreaction is almost comical. Story continues below. Related.

It is famously hard to pick a fight with Canadians , but Saudi Arabia ’s forceful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is not a man to be held back by what others think. It expelled the Canadian ambassador, cancelled flights to Canada , froze new trade and investment, and is reportedly selling Canadian assets.

epa06935315 A composite image made of file pictures shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmen (L, Paris, France, 10 April 2018) and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (R, Washington, USA, 16 August 2017), issued 08 August 2018. A diplomactic row started after Canadian officials of 03 August 2018 urged Riyadh to 'immediately release' women's rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah who were arrested in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia responded that call with the expulsion of Canada's ambassador, freezing all trade with Canada, and calling Saudi students in Canada to continue their studies in a different contry. EPA/YOAN VALAT/MICHAEL REYNOLDS © Provided by Corus Media Holdings, Inc.  

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that Saudi outrage at the Trudeau government is little more than bluster and strut, so what is Saudi Arabia really trying to accomplish?

The overreaction is almost comical.

The Saudis invest so little in our country and buy so little from us, it’s been challenging to find examples of any businesses or industries that are going to be hurt. That’s why the universities are stepping up to complain about the loss of money from Saudi foreign medical students. I’d have more sympathy were it not for the stories that have been written about how Canadian-born students have to go abroad because they can’t get into Canadian medical schools or get residency positions.

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador

  Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador"We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours," Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Twitter.

LISTEN: Danielle Smith discusses Canada ’s push on Saudi Arabia to release detained rights activists. I say it’s about time . Danielle Smith is host of The Danielle Smith Show on Global News Radio 770 Calgary. She can be reached at danielle @770chqr.com.

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How about we use this as an opportunity to serve our Canadian students first? Barring that, there is lots of demand from all over the world for students to come to Canada. How about we replace those Saudi students with students who come from a country where girls are allowed to show their faces in public and be friends with boys?

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The only thing I thought that really could have pinched Eastern Canada was the Irving Refinery losing the 86,000 barrels of oil a day that it imports from Saudi Arabia. But, lo and behold, that’s not going to be affected. On Thursday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Fahlil said, “The current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada will not, in any way, impact Saudi Aramco’s relations with its customers in Canada.”

Canada not clear yet on Saudi retaliation

  Canada not clear yet on Saudi retaliation OTTAWA - A federal official says Canada remains unclear about the measures Saudi Arabia is taking in response to Canadian criticism of its human rights policies. The official says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with her Saudi counterpart Tuesday in part to get clarity about the measures, including one report that said Saudi banks and pension funds had been ordered to sell off their Canadian assets. Saudi Arabia has not confirmed that report, and the official — who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter — says a full understanding of their plans remains elusive.

LISTEN: Danielle Smith discusses Canada ’s push on Saudi Arabia to release detained rights activists. I say it’s about time . Danielle Smith is host of The Danielle Smith Show on Global News Radio 770 Calgary. She can be reached at danielle @770chqr.com.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should tell the Saudi regime that actually, it will affect that relationship. He should tell Saudi Aramco, “We don’t want your oil. We have enough of our own.”

The best way to interpret what is going on here comes from Auspice Capital Partners co-founder Tim Pickering. He thinks the Saudis are engaging in a game of distraction.

LISTEN: Danielle Smith speaks to Tim Pickering to learn more about our "need" for Saudi Arabia oil

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It has not escaped the attention of the investment community that Saudi Aramco’s much-ballyhooed initial public offering of Saudi Aramco has not happened. Perhaps it’s because oil is not at the price level the company needs to get maximum market value, but US$70 a barrel is pretty healthy by recent standards.

Pickering thinks it has more to do with the fact that Saudi Arabia doesn’t have as much oil as it says it does. He says the former vice president of Saudi Aramco warned the U.S. that remaining oil reserves might be 40 per cent lower than what is claimed by OPEC. Venezuela, likewise, has recoverable reserves that are less than technically (not to mention politically) feasible to recover.

Canada’s dispute with Saudi Arabia has agriculture industry on edge

  Canada’s dispute with Saudi Arabia has agriculture industry on edge Market access is not a new problem for the grain industry and this latest tiff with Saudi Arabia adds to the struggle."The consequences are quite negative extensively, everywhere," says business manager John Van Hierden.

The Canadian government is investigating reports that Saudi Arabia is using armoured vehicles made in Canada against its own civilians – allegations that have prompted renewed scrutiny over Ottawa’s recent decision to sign off on a billion-dollar arms deal with the kingdom.

— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) August 7, 2018. It seems that Saudi Arabia is testing the West’s response by launching its recent onslaught on Canada . What can all citizens do to join the fight against ISIS?

Meanwhile, Alberta’s technical capacity to recover our oilsands has increased from only 10 per cent recoverable to as much as 60 per cent recoverable due to advances with in situ recovery.

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Saudi Arabia says feud with Canada will not impact oil supplies

The upshot is that although it is reported that Canada has only the third largest reserves, the reality is that Alberta’s recoverable reserves are actually the largest on Earth — larger than Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined.

The world is thirsty for oil. Daily annual consumption approaches 100 million barrels a day and it continues to rise as China, India and other countries continue to develop. If we get our product to international markets, we stand to be the most influential seller of oil in the world.

But it has to start by getting our act together at home.

The Irving refinery has rail capacity to offload 145,000 barrels a day of crude that can be shipped to them from Western Canada. The government should invoke the principle of national security to supply the Irving Refinery with Western Canadian crude and force out Saudi oil from our market completely. Then the government should contact TransCanada and ask what it would take to get the company to kickstart the construction of Energy East in the national interest.

Saudi Arabia isn’t attacking us because we are a small player. It is attacking us because we are a huge threat to its international market share.

Let’s not let this dispute go to waste. Now is the time to fight back.

Danielle Smith is host of The Danielle Smith Show on Global News Radio 770 Calgary. She can be reached at danielle@770chqr.com.

Saudi Arabia reassures Canada on oil supplies as dispute drags on .
Saudi Arabia reassures Canada on oil supplies as dispute drags onThe world's largest oil exporter has a "firm and long-standing policy" that petroleum supplies are not influenced by political considerations, Khalid al-Falih said in a statement.

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