Twitter message was unprofessional

Re: “Canada commits a Trumpian error,” letter, Aug. 9.

How impolitic, unprofessional and offensive to use a social-media outlet to take a moral high ground demanding from Saudi Arabia the release of human-rights activists being held there.

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This tweet was originally attributed to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. However, we are now led to believe the tweet was the act of Global Affairs Canada.

The fallout from this puerile means of communication is an attack on the basic human rights in Canada of students to study, hospital patients receiving our care, doctors and nurses employed in our hospitals, factory workers to support their families, investment assets and many other areas where Saudi Arabia has been a business partner and an ally.

Look in the mirror, Canada, before you accuse a country whose ancient traditions and customs are not your own. If you have any issue at all, these matters should be referred to the diplomats educated in the art of diplomacy and understanding of cultures beyond the limits of Western understanding.

Tweeting should not be a government-sponsored means of communicating with heads of governments outside our own domain.

Sheenagh E. Rose


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