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Baird hammers Iran for Canadian travel warning
Toronto Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | Kristy Kirkup

Posted on 09/26/2012 3:28:02 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has slammed Iran for issuing a travel advisory against Canada on Wednesday.

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous and I think 99% of Canadians would share that view,” Baird told reporters outside the House of Commons.

Iran’s foreign ministry issued a travel advisory for all its citizens Wednesday — the same day its president delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly.

The Canadian delegation boycotted the speech.

"Given the fact that Iran has no longer an embassy in Canada and some anti-Iranian groups in the country have a good opportunity to take revenge on the Iranian nationals, the nationals should be vigilant about the issue," the Tehran Times reported.

Baird said Canada has taken “probably the toughest stand in the world against Iran” through diplomatic sanctions and by cutting diplomatic ties.

The Canadian government announced it would sever relations earlier this month, sparking speculation a decision was made in advance of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear sites.

Baird is set to deliver a speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday and said he plans to highlight a number of global issues in his address.

“We’ll be talking about our views on tackling the great challenges today — Syria, Iran and the importance that Canada places on human rights and freedom,” Baird said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in New York City on Thursday to receive a statesman award, but he will not be speaking to the assembly of more than 100 leaders.


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1 posted on 09/26/2012 3:28:04 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...

Canada Ping!


2 posted on 09/26/2012 3:28:57 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

At least the Canadians aren’t taking any crap from iran. Some American politicians could learn from their example, if they could get it through their pointy little heads.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 3:59:27 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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It would be better if Baird had called on the Iranian government to place an outright ban on Iranians traveling to Canada.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 4:26:27 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Squawk 8888

Oh, brother.

Dear Ahmalamadingdong: You’re projecting again.


5 posted on 09/26/2012 6:40:29 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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