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.”
Since then, Canada has adopted a slightly different tone, backing the push for a diplomatic end to the resolution and condemning the Assad regime, but stopping short of calling for his ouster.
On April 1:
“Canada remains at the forefront of international efforts to bring an immediate end to Assad’s violent campaign of terror.
“The plight of the Syrian people remains our primary concern. Assad has the obligation to allow immediate, unhindered humanitarian access.
And the latest statement:
“This weekend’s shocking attack merits the Security Council’s condemnation and much more. We call on the Council to take stronger diplomatic action.
“There must be repercussions for Assad’s refusal to implement the Security Council-endorsed Annan Peace Plan.
“We call on all Security Council members to come together and adopt strong measures—including economic sanctions—against the Syrian regime, to ensure that it fulfills its commitments and immediately stops the senseless slaughter of its own people.”