A Vancouver businessman has decided to go public with his deep concerns over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Freshslice Pizza CEO Ray Russell has written an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describing the kingdom as a "human rights pariah", calling it among the "worst of the worst" in the world.
Russell declared that he can no longer support Trudeau's Liberals or any other party that backs continuing arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Trudeau has not cancelled a $15-billion arms deal, but has suggested that export permits will be reviewed.
"I am compelled to take action as the C.E.O. of a major Vancouver based company," Russell wrote on the company's Facebook page. "I cannot sit idly by like an ostrich!"
Russell is of Iranian ancestry. He stated that if the federal government doesn't veto the weapons deal, he'll distribute posters to the 75 Freshslice locations condemning any party that oppose the contract.
Russell moved to Canada in 1987 with $8. His company has $35 million in annual sales.
"I love this country and am proud to raise my family here," Russell stated in the letter. "But this BLOOD MONEY going to the government is not the Canada I know."