OTTAWA - Canada tightened sanctions on Syria on Friday,
banning Canadians from dealing with the Syrian Petroleum Co, the government's
oil marketing arm, as well as with the wife of President Bashar Assad.
Canada, a major crude exporter, has already outlawed new
investment in the Syrian oil sector and stopped the importation of petroleum
products from Syria, where Assad is trying to crush an uprising.
latest sanctions target in particular those who profit from their association
with the regime and those closest to Assad, including his wife Asma," Canadian
Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement.
"Canada's position is
clear: Assad must go."