Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Canada said it will impose economic sanctions against Myanmar, after the Asian country cracked down on pro-democracy rallies in September.
The measures, including a ban on trade and investment between the two countries, will constitute the ``toughest sanctions in the world'' against Myanmar, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier said today in a Toronto speech.
``Sanctions are the means by which we, not just Canada but the international community, can best exert pressure against the military junta,'' Bernier said, according to a text of his speech provided by his department.
The Canadian sanctions come as the United Nations Security Council debates the best way to respond to the actions of Myanmar's military rulers.
The junta's deputy defense minister, Aye Myint, said today in Singapore that Myanmar may charge as many as 91 people from the September protests under its Terrorism Act.
``We will not accept any outside influences that harm our sovereignty,'' he said.
Canada imported C$8.4 million ($8.8 million) worth of goods from Myanmar in 2006, according to Statistics Canada.