Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

John Baird Praises High Turnout In Afghan Election

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Afghans have demonstrated their commitment to a democratic future, and now a new government must dem...

Canada-Mexico Relationship Called 'Stagnant'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - He felt the love in Israel, but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Mexico later this month, he'll be met by an undercurrent of res...

Baird To Travel To Laos To Announce Cluster Bomb Funding

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is planning to answer a plea by the tiny South Asian country of Laos and restart funding to help it cope with its infestation of deadl...

Baird Gets Tougher On Iran

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada ratcheted up sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, adding 30 individuals and 82 entities to an economic blacklist and banning almost al...

Baird Accused Of 'Wilful Violation Of International Law'

CBC | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Politics

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's visit with Israel's justice minister in a controversial area in the Middle East is drawing criticism, with the ...

Fit For A King

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada Politics

AMMAN, Jordan - The ongoing turmoil in Syria will be a major of topic of discussion when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with Jordan's king ...

Baird Issues Warning To Palestine

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told a powerful pro-Israel lobby that Palestinians will feel "consequences" from Canada if they pursu...

Canada Condemns Algerian Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada condemns the Algerian kidnappings, calling the attacks "deplorable and cowardly."The minister...

Canada Threatens Retaliation As UN Votes For Palestinian Statehood

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird used the podium at the United Nations General Assembly to denounce the world body Thursday for its "utter...

Baird 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There's nothing complicated about the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Wednesday as he exp...

Harper's Stance on Iran? A Political Checkmate

Ryan Painter | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Ryan Painter

Many commentators were surprised and puzzled when the Canadian government closed its embassy in Iran last week. But the actions are sudden only to us observers on the outside. These kinds of political machinations happen often, especially in a government that knows it holds a tenuous grip on targeted voters in Canada. What better way to crank up the domestic sentiment than to thumb your nose at an entire country that a large portion of your constituency is hostile towards, while other western leaders are left scratching their collective heads?

Baird To UN: Don't Go There

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon departed for Iran on Tuesday, apparently oblivious to the objections of Canada's outspoken forei...

Spanking Iran Won't Get Canada Far

Bud Sambasivam | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Bud Sambasivam

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister recently convened ambassadors in Ottawa and pressed for an aggressive stance against Iran. The West's threat of military intervention in Iran is akin to spanking your child while yelling, "Don't hit others!" Canada needs to influence its allies with a "do what we do" approach.

Pro-Palestinian Remarks Cut From Baird's Address To UN

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Canadian expression of goodwill toward the Palestinian people was left on the cutting-room floor when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird a...

Baird Compares Iranian Threats To The Holocaust

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird invoked images of the Holocaust in defending the notion of possible Israeli military action against Iran....

Baird Defends Religious Freedom Office

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says his department's new Office of Religious Freedom won't become a vehicle for playing domestic politic...

Memos Anticipate Religious Freedom Office Sensitivities

CBC | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada Politics

Communications lines drafted by the bureaucracy about the government's plan to establish an Office of Religious Freedom reveal a deep-seat...

Spot The Difference: Feds Quietly Change Press Release

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — In the print and online news world, when you make a mistake, you issue a correction. But that doesn't appear to be the new practice at Cana...

New Canadian Sanctions On Syria

CBC | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada Politics

Canada is expanding its sanctions against Syria's Bashar al- Assad regime, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Tuesday. ...

Canada Extends Sanctions Against Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's foreign minister acknowledges that diplomatic measures have failed to end the brutal crackdown on reform protesters in Syria, but he...

Canada Begins Engagement With Myanmar, Sanctions Remain

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada has begun a strategic engagement with Myanmar that includes an exchang...

China-Canada relationship warming: Baird

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada-China relations are warming and can be further improved by face-to-face ...

More Than Trade

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says relations with China continue to improve and he hopes for increased investment and trade in the futu...

Baird Beijing Bound

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - John Baird will make his first trip to China this weekend as foreign affairs minister, continuing the Conservative gove...

Baird's Libya Trip Signals Turning Point

The Canadian Press | Heather Scoffield | Posted 09.03.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- John Baird stepped off a stomach-churning, ear-splitting military flight from Libya, straightened his suit and walked briskly ac...