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Nutt: Is there any consequence to Harper’s decision not to address the UN General Assembly?

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27 September, 2012

There is no consequence – only missed opportunity. At a time when thousands are dying in Syria, continuing instability in Egypt and Libya, escalating conflict in Congo and Sudan, and an increasingly volatile Iran, rather than speaking out about where Canada stands on these major global issues, we opted out. It weakens our foreign policy and our prominence on the world stage. And it shows where we stand by not standing at all.

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