Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, issued a statement in response to reports that Canada has moved to sanction seventeen individuals for their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi:
“After two weeks of calls from our Conservative Opposition, we welcome the news that the Trudeau government finally took steps to sanction individuals involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi under the Conservative Magnitsky Law.
“As a global leader on human rights, Canada must act swiftly to condemn barbaric acts against journalists, human rights activists and dissidents. We remind the Trudeau government that they have the power to use the Magnitsky sanctions to ensure that other foreign actors violating human rights and international laws are held accountable.
“Canada’s Conservatives support the decision to sanction these individuals for their involvement in such a heinous killing. Canada and its allies must continue to do their part to ensure these individuals face serious repercussions for their actions, and to send a clear message that such actions will not be tolerated by the international community.”