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Committee calls for review of rules for kidnapped Canadians, while former diplomats say to make changes now

By Neil Moss      

‘Weakness’ in House Foreign Affairs Committee report lies in its lack of direct recommendations for action, says Gar Pardy.

Global Affairs Canada, which is headquartered at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa, has a no-ransom policy where they will not pay kidnappers for the release of Canadian hostages abroad. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Former diplomats are calling for more direct action to improve the procedures triggered when a Canadian is kidnapped abroad, after a House committee’s recommendations for the government conduct a review.

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