The conservatives do not want a citizenship honorary Raïf Badawi

Les conservateurs refusent une citoyenneté honorifique à Raïf Badawi

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Raïf Badawi, is convinced that “it would change things if his spouse could claim to be a Canadian.

December 12, 2019 20h31

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The conservatives do not want a citizenship honorary Raïf Badawi

Lina Dib

The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA — In an effort to help Raïf Badawi, who recently began another hunger strike in his prison of saudi arabia, the Bloc québécois tried to give a canadian citizenship as an honorary title… to no avail.

The conservatives stepped in when a member bloquiste, Thursday afternoon, requested the unanimous consent of the House to do this.

“Therefore, be it resolved by the House of grant Raïf Badawi, the title of honorary citizen of Canada,” was read the mpp Christine Normandin, interrupted by the cries of the elected conservatives. The president has appealed for calm, and then asked if she had the unanimous consent to propose his motion. “No”, a-t-on shouted benches conservative, while Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Mr. Badawi, surveyed the scene from the top of the forums.

The leader of the Bloc québécois, out of Commons, spoke of “the indignity” of conservative mps before highlighting the usefulness of the gesture.

“This is not only iconic, it is an important tool,” said Yves-François Blanchet, who had noted, in the Room, “an open mind on the side of the liberals and the side of the New democratic Party”.

Ms. Haidar, who has made the road to Sherbrooke for the occasion, is convinced that “it would change things if his spouse could claim to be a Canadian.

“Now, when [Canada] calls for the release of Raïf, saudi Arabia said that Raïf is saudi arabia. “You’re Canadian, why do you ask?” If he has the citizenship, [canada’s response] would be more robust”, she explained.

Hunger strike

Travel in Egypt, the canadian minister of foreign Affairs said he is “very worried” by the new hunger strike of Mr. Badawi.

“I am that very closely. I intend to call my counterpart in saudi before the end of the year to raise the concerns of Canada,” said François-Philippe Champagne during a conference call with canadian journalists.

“I have good hope that Mr. Champagne will take action,” responded Mr. Blanchet.

Its member of parliament Stephane Bergeron has shown to be more impatient.

“The policy of small steps done in a way that it’s been seven years that he is imprisoned. However, the penalty is 10 years. At this pace, he will do 10 years if something more dramatic still does not occur in the meantime,” said the mp bloquiste.

Ms. Haidar has been rightly pointed out that this is not the first hunger strike of blogger.

“I am very, very concerned. […] His health, his morale, are more down,” she confided.

Raïf Badawi has been sentenced to

10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for creating an online forum to discuss social issues in saudi Arabia.

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