Canada has joined the US and European Union in imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe's authoritarian regime headed by President Robert Mugabe.
Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson charged on Friday that since the African country's discredited presidential election in March and runoff in June, Mugabe's government has made no effort to promote democratic rule.
He says Canada is banning arms exports to Zimbabwe, freezing the assets of its top officials, and prohibiting Zimbabwean aircraft from flying over or landing in Canada.
The action sends a clear message that Canada abhors Mugabe's contempt for democracy, Emerson says.
Both the United States and Europe have imposed similar restrictions. The US, along with Britain and France, spearheaded a UN Security Council drive in July for sanctions, but the initiative was vetoed by Russia and China.