Why does Canada care so much about the Maldives?

Ottawa condemns tiny nation for disrespecting Commonwealth values, champions jailed ex-president with Tory ties.

UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré
Then-president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2011. He is now in prison.
Marie-Danielle Smith
Published: Wednesday, 05/20/2015 12:00 am EDT

Canada has become an outspoken cheerleader for democracy in a tiny Indian Ocean nation comprised of 1,190 islands and populated by just under 350,000 people, about a quarter of the Ottawa-Gatineau population.

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