Rex Murphy: The Badawis will probably be in Saudi prisons longer now thanks to Canada

Canada is now in a high-heat contest with Saudi Arabia that was precipitated by two tweets on the plight of the Badawis, brother and sister, and a number of female activists, imprisoned in the latter country.

The most important question is not about the medium of the messages, or even the wording — either that of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland or the one from Global Affairs Canada. Rather, did that twin Twitter volley advance or retard the frightful situation of the people who were its subjects, the Badawis and the female activists?