Mr. Joe Daniel (Don Valley East, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, week after week, month after month, Syria’s brutal regime is cracking down on innocent civilians by killing them in cold blood. We know that Canada has been an active and vocal opponent of these atrocities.
Will the Minister of Foreign Affairs please reiterate to the House Canada’s position regarding actions of the Assad regime against the Syrian people?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the campaign of violence and terror against the Syrian people must end. This government has called for President Assad to step down. Our government has taken decisive action by imposing very tough sanctions on the regime and on the key actors who are causing the violence. Canada stands with the Syrian people in their time of need.
While I have this opportunity, I would like to strongly advise any Canadians currently in Syria to leave through commercial options while they are still available.