Canada Expresses Condolences Following Assassination of Pakistani Governor

(No. 7 - January 5, 2011 - 2:40 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement expressing his condolences to the people of Pakistan after the January 4, 2011, assassination of Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab province:

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Governor Salman Taseer, and to the Pakistani people, in the wake of his vicious and cowardly assassination. His death is a loss to the people of Pakistan and all those who shared his commitment to the promotion of tolerance and legal reforms in that country."

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Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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