The Canadian federal government says it considers the Badawi case a violation of human dignity and has asked for clemency. The Quebec provincial government has been even more vehement in its criticism of the Saudi punishment.
The Quebec premier, Philippe Couillard, did not back down on its opposition and torture of Badawi even though Naif Al-Sudairy sent a letter to the Quebec National Assembly telling it not to meddle in Saudi internal affairs or criticize the country's human rights record.
Part of the letter sent on March 10 read: "The Kingdom does not accept at all any attack on it in the name of human rights, especially when its constitution is based on Islamic law, which guarantees human rights (sic)."
In February the Quebec National Assembly passed a motion that condemned the whipping of Badawi and expressed support for his wife and three children who are living in Quebec.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.