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Ayed: What question would you ask Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird?

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16 May, 2012

Here are a few to start.
– Beyond public expressions of support, what is he as foreign minister doing to help save Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall from execution in Iran?
– How would he have done things differently to avert Canada’s humiliation in its bid for a security council seat?
– Who actually has more influence in shaping Canada’s foreign policy: the minister, or the Prime Minister?

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