Many of the 13 Canadians banned by Russia Monday say they're actually quite honoured by the move.
Liberal MPs Chrystia Freeland and Irwin Cotler were both on the list issued today by Moscow in retaliation for Canadian sanctions over Ukraine. Freeland, whose mother helped draft the Ukrainian constitution in the 1990s, tweeted that she was "in good company".
Love Russ lang/culture, loved my yrs in Moscow; but it's an honour to be on Putin's sanction list, esp in company of friends Cotler & Grod— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) March 24, 2014
Liberal MP and human rights activist echoed Freeland's sentiment.
I was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1979 -- I did not stop fighting for human rights then, nor will I stop now. #cdnpoli— Irwin Cotler (@IrwinCotler) March 24, 2014
Conservative MP James Bezan also didn't mind being singled out.
And Tory MP Dean Allison didn't seem too upset either.
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