Statement by Minister Baird on Tunisian Elections

(No. 272 - September 22, 2011 - 6:20 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada commends the progress Tunisia has made in fulfilling its commitment to holding democratic elections. We appreciate the importance of these elections to the Tunisian people and the struggle that has led to them.

“Canada welcomes the opportunity for Tunisians in Canada to cast absentee ballots in these elections. We have done the same thing for 12 other countries so far this year alone.

“But we have expressed to Tunisia our wish that it not create a foreign voting district or riding that would include Canada. No one should represent Canada—or a part of Canada—as a constituency in a foreign elected assembly.

“This policy does not apply uniquely to Tunisia; it is a matter of Canadian sovereignty.

“Canada is committed to supporting Tunisia’s transition to democracy. We stand with the people of Tunisia as they work to build a more democratic, safe and prosperous country.”

For more information on the Government of Canada’s position on foreign elections in Canada and foreign electoral constituencies, please visit Foreign Elections in Canada and Foreign Electoral Constituencies.

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