Canada should not turn Saudi teen into a ‘political football,’ says former ambassador

​If the government insists on “milking” Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s arrival in Canada for political brownie points, it could put the young woman in danger, says Canada’s former ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Canada will grant asylum to the 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and spent nearly a week barricaded in a Bangkok hotel room, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Qunun’s story made international headlines after she was stopped at a Bangkok airport last Saturday by Thai immigration police, denied entry and had her passport seized.