In a strongly worded statement, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird warned the Eritrean consulate in Canada to stop collecting taxes imposed by the Eritrea government on Eritrean-Canadians. He said, it “is unacceptable, it’s wrong and will not be tolerated.”
Baird also said that he has given his deputy, “to very clearly and unequivocally deliver a strong message [to the Eritrean consulate] that this activity must cease and desist, and if it doesn’t we will close the consulate.”
Answering a question by a reporter, Bird added, “The message is being delivered in recent days and when there is further action, we will let you know.”
In May 2013, Canada expelled the Eritrean Consul, Semere Ghebremariam, for violating United Nations sanctions on Eritrea.
The Eritrean government considered the expulsion of its consul, Canadian Bullying and accused the country of, “hostility to Eritrea and its harassment of the Eritrean diaspora community.”
The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group has been campaigning to convince Canadian authorities to stop the consulate from intimidating Eritrean-Canadians and collecting taxes by coercion.