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Horak, who was the Canadian foreign ministry director of Middle East relations in 2012, said the three major federal parties supported the law.

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Canada Goose online His presentation underscored the fact that Canada is now diplomatically hamstrung Canada Goose Coats On Sale in both countries it has no ambassador to lead its embassy in Riyadh while its mission in Tehran remains shuttered. Canada Goose online

Canada Goose Parka can you have a dialogue when you don have ambassadors? asked retired diplomat John Noble, canada goose factory sale who was part of the sold out crowd that turned out for Horak. Canada Goose Parka

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