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Canada Threatens to Cut Ties with Uganda Over Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO


Canada has threatened to cut ties with Uganda over the anti-gay bill, which penalizes anyone who aids or abets a known homosexual, and punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment. Uganda's President Museveni told lawmakers over the weekend that he planned to sign the bill.

President Obama condemned the bill and warned that it would "complicate our valued relationship" with the country. Ugandan officials subsequently accused Obama of "blackmail" for the warnings.

The WSJ reports that it may strain relations with other countries as well, including Canada, which has expressed its displeasure:

Alintuma Nsambu, Uganda's envoy to Canada, said in an interview Wednesday that he had been summoned by the Canadian Foreign Ministry to explain why Canada shouldn't sever diplomatic ties with Uganda over the antigay bill. He said he had communicated Canada's concerns to the Ugandan government. The Canadian consulate in Kampala didn't immediately respond to calls and emails seeking to confirm the meeting.

Watch an NTV Uganda report on the Canadian statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The US should cut off all diplomatic ties and aid immediately. We should not condone any country that eliminates basic human rights.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 19, 2014 9:42:47 PM

  2. Go Canada!!
    The West needs to cut off all foreign aid to Uganda for starters, and let them know that we mean business.

    Posted by: David | Feb 19, 2014 10:59:21 PM

  3. It's genocide. Cut off ties and aid, freeze accounts, impose sanctions, withdraw all diplomats. At lease the Canadians seem to be responding with the appropriate level of alarm.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 19, 2014 11:10:29 PM

  4. I don't understand why America doesn't cease and desist all aid and funding to Uganda. Why is it we continue to wait wait and wait while other countries step up to the plate (Canada). We look bad. This is a human rights issue and America stands for human rights. I'm disgusted that we would hedge again and again.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 19, 2014 11:21:53 PM

  5. The Canadian tone sounds severe and serious. They are like telling a kid why he or she should not be punished. The US and other Western nations should band together to deliver a similar serious message to them that we mean business.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 19, 2014 11:31:06 PM

  6. What really has me mad is the incompetently coded software this web site uses. I just posted a very reasonable comment - that the corporate world also dump on Uganda, with a reasonably crafted rational and the web site dropped it.

    Hint: if you want comments, don't just throw what people write on the floor and give them no way to recover.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 19, 2014 11:32:39 PM

  7. Don't make Canada angry. You won't like Canada when she's angry.

    Posted by: TKinSC | Feb 20, 2014 12:11:53 AM

  8. Yet again, Canada has the guts to do what the United States does not.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Feb 20, 2014 12:21:45 AM

  9. Cutting diplomacy is not enough. Invade them and lock up all the legislators and the president. Try them for crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: Bernard | Feb 20, 2014 1:36:56 AM

  10. Bravo, Canada! Also, please export more poutine - we love it.

    Posted by: Håkon | Feb 20, 2014 2:16:29 AM

  11. MIKE we are disgusted by your shameful comments about Billie Jean King. You have no credibility.

    Posted by: EYEROLL | Feb 20, 2014 2:19:02 AM

  12. "Threats! are as nothings as UNACCEPTABLE-S" are! Of course, there are "things" in these over the top countries in Africa the tooting countries WANT. Can´t REALLY do a damned thing because "we" want what they have. There is always some reason(s) we can´t because of .... the list goes on and on!

    Posted by: lg | Feb 20, 2014 4:15:15 AM

  13. Thank you for speaking up Canada. Now USA, UK, Germany maybe we too can say something nice and "message like" like Canada did to the Ugandans.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 20, 2014 5:41:43 AM

  14. Wouldn't it be great if the US had the spine or some other body parts to follow suit with Canada on this issue? Since we will not lead,maybe at least we can get on the train.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Feb 20, 2014 6:03:45 AM

  15. Yes - Canada, a nation where there is a basic human moral compass, unlike this dump down south.

    Posted by: Nelson | Feb 20, 2014 7:52:25 AM

  16. What is this "valued relationship" Obama is talking about?

    Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 20, 2014 10:28:06 AM

  17. This is odd as I have not seen anything on the networks here in regards to us doing this to Uganda.....Though with the Winter Olympics on we have focused elsewhere in promoting gay rights ie Sochi.......

    Posted by: Darrell | Feb 20, 2014 11:08:42 AM

  18. @Bill: no point in venting here, no one behind the site ever reads this stuff.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Feb 20, 2014 11:17:09 AM

  19. the true north, strong and free.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2014 1:30:07 PM

  20. Love, love, love my country. Go Canada!!

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 20, 2014 1:50:58 PM

  21. Always proud to say "I am CANADIAN".

    Posted by: JonnyEmm | Feb 20, 2014 2:46:09 PM

  22. The irony is that Uganda was basically the most severely impacted by AIDS in Africa, and benefited greatly from the activism by GLBT people in the US to move the mountain in recognizing and treating the disease, not just here but globally. It's a disgusting turn of events.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Feb 21, 2014 1:20:18 AM

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