Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird regularly sends out statements condemning the ongoing violence in Syria or marking (the few) positive steps taken in resolving the 14-months of bloodshed that has killed nearly 10,000 people, according to the UN.
But the last official statement unequivocally calling on President Bashar al-Assad to leave power was sent out March 21, 2012, not long after the anniversary of the uprising in Syria
“The main obstacle to peace and stability in Syria remains the Assad regime and its backers who persist in killing Syrian civilians. Canada’s position has not changed: Assad must go. And the aspirations of the Syrian people to live in peace must be met.
“We call on the United Nations Security Council to adopt a clear and binding resolution condemning outright the ongoing violence.”