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Baird Condemns Syria Attacks

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is condemning Syrian government air raids in the northern city of Aleppo after the latest round on Tuesday left 15 people dead, includ...

Canada's Toxic Relationship With Chemical Weapons

Yves Engler | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Somewhere in the Lester B. Pearson Building, Canada's foreign affairs headquarters, must be a meeting room with the inscription "The World Should Do as We Say, Not As We Do" or perhaps "Hypocrites 'R Us." With the Obama administration beating the war drums, Canadian officials are demanding a response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. The Conservatives signed Canada onto a White House statement claiming: "The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal." While one may wish this were the case, it's not. In fact, Canada has repeatedly been complicit with the use of chemical weapons.

Baird: Assad Should Not Be Given Time To Hand Over Chemical Weapons

CP | The Canadian Press, The Associated Press | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Politics

ISTANBUL - Canada's foreign minister John Baird is calling Syria's offer to begin providing information on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs...

Baird To Talk Syria In Turkey

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The continuing crisis is Syria will be front and centre when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visits Turkey this weekend.Turkey, a NATO al...

Baird On Syria Plan: 'Actions Will Speak Louder Than Words'

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Politics

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada must ensure Russia's proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control is not "merel...

Baird: Canada Supports Calls For Syria Military Intervention

CBC | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada

As world leaders wrapped up their meetings at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada supports calls...

Baird Off To Russia As Syria Crisis Heats Up

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will join his international counterparts to discuss the deepening crisis in Syria, on the sidelines of th...

Direct Canadian Military Role In Syria Unlikely: NATO Source

CP | Murray Brewster and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's support of U.S.-led military action against Syria is likely to be only symbolic, in a strike that could last as little as a day, a N...

Syria In 'Dangerous New Phase'

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The crisis in Syria has entered a "dangerous new phase," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird warned Monday, as Washington announced it had "...

Syrian Opposition Leader To Press Canada For More Help

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and other western leaders applied more pressure on Syria on Sunday, with a call for Syrian authorities ...

Syrian Opposition Leader: Canada Can End Violence With More Action

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The head of Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group is pressing the Canadian government to do more to end the conflict in his home c...

Baird's Syria Solution

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Reports of a Russian arms shipment to the Syrian regime and the rejection of peace talks by opposition groups raised fears Thursday that inte...

Emergency Syria Debate

CBC | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Politics

MPs held an emergency debate in the House of Commons on Canada's role in Syria amid renewed concerns about chemical weapons and Israel's involvement i...

Chemical Weapons A 'Game Changer'

CBC | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a cautious warning Friday that Syria's reported use of chemical weapons could be a "game changer" that could provok...

Now, Baird Wants UN's Help

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There is no reason to doubt reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.But there still ...

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's 'Grave' Concern

CBC | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Politics

Foreign Minister John Baird said today Canada has grave concerns that Syria might be ready to use chemical weapons on its own people or its neighbours...

Canada's Turns Up The Pressure On Assad Regime

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Foreign Minister John Baird is turning up the pressure on Syria, adding another 47 people and three entities to a blacklist of parties prohi...

Canada Cracks Down On Syria

CBC | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada is extending sanctions against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad but Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made it clear Friday that military ...

Forget Al Qaeda, Baird's Got Other Worries

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Fear may be escalating over the influence of al Qaeda and other Islamist fighters among Syria's rebels, but Canada's foreign affairs minister...

Feds Reverse Decision On Funding Syria Aid Group

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has abruptly reversed course on his plan to get badly needed medical supplies into Syria by way of a Cana...

Baird Pledges Millions In Aid For Syrian Refugees

AP | Dale Gavlak, The Associated Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Politics

AMMAN, Jordan — Canada's foreign minister pledged $6.5 million in additional aid to Jordan in its efforts to help displaced Syrians after seeing a r...

Baird Meets Lebanese PM, Has 'Deep Concern' For Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The instability posed by the ongoing unrest in Syria was a major topic of discussion when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with Lebano...

Syria Tops Agenda On Baird's Middle East Visit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is heading to the Middle East on Friday to meet Lebanon's prime minister and tour a refugee camp in Jorda...

UN Plan Syria's 'Best Hope' For Peace: Minister Spokesperson

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ottawa put out an urgent call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria Saturday, after an international conference laid out a peace p...