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As Canada’s diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia heats up, Jagmeet Singh has an concept that would pour extra gasoline on the fireplace: overlook the Arab kingdom and purchase our oil from different international locations.

“There are other nations we can look at in terms of access to oil,” the federal NDP chief informed Vassy Kapelos on CBC News Network’s Power and Politics as we speak. 

“I think we should look at that as an alternative to dealing with a nation that has a serious track record of human rights violations, oppression of women, oppression of those who have voiced criticism of the government,” he stated.

“We should take a hard look. Does it make sense for us to continue to have trade relations with a country that has such a bad track record?”

‘There are different nations we are able to take a look at,’ says the NDP chief as Saudi-Canada spat continues. 9:54

According to the National Energy Board, 11 per cent of the oil Canada imports got here from Saudi Arabia in 2016. The kingdom is Canada’s main supply of abroad oil imports (not together with the United States). Other international locations Canada imported oil from in 2016 included Algeria, Nigeria, Norway, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom.

Singh didn’t say which suppliers he thinks Canada ought to flip to as an alternative choice to Saudi Arabia.

Focus on refineries, says Singh

Singh made the case for reinforcing Canada’s refinery capability, however demurred when requested whether or not that ought to prolong to constructing extra pipelines right here.

“It requires refineries first and foremost. I think that’s the priority,” stated Singh, who has opposed publicly each the Trans Mountain and Energy East pipeline initiatives.

“Being sovereign when it comes to our oil would mean having the capacity to refine here in Canada.”

No new refineries have been inbuilt Canada in 30 years, based on a 2018 NEB overview of Canadian refineries, and between 2005 and 2013, three refineries closed in central and Atlantic Canada. While Canadian manufacturing of crude oil has elevated since 2000, refinery manufacturing has dropped practically 15 per cent between 2004 and 2015. 

Singh: Burnaby bid nothing to do with political stress

Singh made the feedback a day after asserting his bid for a seat within the using of Burnaby South in British Columbia. The seat will likely be up for grabs after NDP MP Kennedy Stewart resigns to run for the Vancouver mayor’s workplace.

Although the Ontario-based Singh has dedicated to transferring to the West Coast if he wins the byelection, he isn’t house-hunting simply but.

That’s as a result of whereas Burnaby South is at present an NDP using, it’s miles from protected: Stewart received by a margin of simply 547 votes within the 2015 federal election.

“I made a commitment that if we win, I’m definitely going to move out … it’s a beautiful community,” Singh stated. 

But if he loses?

“My commitment is to be a national leader, and as a national leader I have to represent every part of this country,” he informed Kapelos. “And the issues of Burnaby South are really national issues as well.”

He additionally insisted his Burnaby bid has nothing to do with stress from his personal get together to safe a seat in Parliament after spending the final 10 months since his management win largely absent from Ottawa.

“For me, it’s always been about people and how we can best represent people and their needs,” stated Singh.

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