Canada may use own ‘Magnitsky law’ to target Trump administration with sanctions

Canada may use own ‘Magnitsky law’ to target Trump administration with sanctions
Canada's sesquicentennial spirit animal proceeds majestically along the Ottawa River in 2017. (Image via Am. Thinker)

[Ed. – I actually don’t think this is very likely.  But it’s got some buzz going in the chattering class in Ottawa.  Fascinating modern age we live in.]

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 Ottawa 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.

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