The uproar follows-and does no service to-the kingdom's effort to show the West a new, more modern face.
But its share price plunged when a tweet on 3 August by Canada's foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland sparked an angry response in the kingdom. Being a reformer is not the same as being a democrat, however. In March 2015, after Sweden's Foreign Minister criticized the flogging of blogger Raif Badawi, the kingdom recalled its ambassador and blocked business visas for Swedish nationals.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to extend an olive branch on Wednesday, saying he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties but also saying the Gulf Arab state had made some progress on human rights.
Ukraine exported 1.9 million tonnes of barley to Saudi Arabia in the July 2017-June 2018 season and APK-Inform said that this season's export volume would be at least the same level despite a smaller harvest. Riyadh also said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, while state airline Saudia (also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines) announced it was suspending flights to Toronto.
"We're paying close attention to this situation, of course, because we wanted to understand the impacts", he said in Ottawa after being asked if the government meant to hit back at Saudi Arabia with economic reprisals of its own.
Trudeau said that although his country appreciates the "importance" of Saudi Arabia in the world, it would continue to speak "clearly and firmly about human rights issues in the country and abroad" whenever needed.
Pakistan PM-elect Imran Khan invites Navjot Singh Sidhu for swearing
The PTI has nominated Khan for the top post and he is scheduled to take oath on August 18 at the President House. Prime Minister Modi had called up Khan on July 30 and congratulated him on his electoral success.
"We're working to fully understand the measures they might take", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter. "Therefore, Canada must correct its actions towards the kingdom". "Unfortunately we messed it up", a senior member of the group said.
The International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) based in Frankfurt said that Germany and the European Union must not remain passive in the dispute, German Press Agency dpa reported Friday.
But this year, the uncertainty of getting back to Canada is causing anxiety.
One media report said Saudi banks and pension funds were ordered to sell off their Canadian assets, although that report remains unconfirmed.
"Increasingly, both ministers and departments in this government have started using Twitter as a primary means of expressing concern and that has already caused a number of embarrassments for Trudeau".