Wow. Our sleepy polite neighbor to the north has been awoken. They are not messing around.
First, their Parliament condemned Trump for his post G7 diatribe directed at PM Justin Trudeau. Now they are considering SANCTIONING Donald Trump and his businesses in retaliation for his tariffs imposed for “national security” reasons and thereby insulting Canada
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday that she is open to using a law normally reserved for leaders responsible for human rights violations to impose retaliatory sanctions on the Trump Administration. Those sanctions would target the administration itself rather than the American people.
The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, also known as the Magnitsky law, would allow Ottowa (to impose travel bans and asset freezes on foreign leaders. Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir proposed the measure during a Question Period with Freeland earlier this week. Weir noted that the law might be particularly useful because Trump has “made himself vulnerable” by maintaining personal business interests.
According to the Canadian Magazine Macleans, Freeland did not reject the idea of specific sanctions of Trump’s business interests, which reach 144 companies in 25 countries.
The Magnitsky Act, passed last year, has been used against 52 foreign nationals in Russia, Venezuela and South Sudan and can be ordered when a “foreign national has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material or technological support for, or goods or services in support of” corrupt actions.
I’m glad to have asked the question.
— Erin Weir (@Erin_Weir) June 14, 2018
This is ironic and appropriate since The Magnitsky Act is the “adoptions” issue that the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting was supposedly about. And, the act has been used against the likes of Vova Putin, Trump’s new BFF, and Trump is now a great admirer of human rights violator Kim Jong Un, on his way to becoming one himself.