The Canadian Chamber regrets the escalating tensions in diplomatic and economic relations between Canada and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
We call upon the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canada to avoid further escalation and hope that both countries will take steps to restore their relationship and to discuss each country’s concerns in a constructive fashion.
Breaking relationships that have required decades to build will do nothing to benefit either country. Instead, doing so will damage both businesses and individuals, including students and people in need of medical care. The citizens of both countries stand to gain much more from constructive engagement.
Ottawa, July 18, 2018 – The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement following today’s cabinet shuffle:
“Today’s cabinet appointments by the Prime Minister signal that the government is increasingly focused on trade diversification and on creating export opportunities for small- and medium-size businesses. The Canadian Chamber welcomes that focus and congratulates all of the Ministers on their new responsibilities."