In the midst of rabid opposition, foreign Affairs minister John Baird has spent the day downplaying a Canadian/UK agreement to share embassies abroad.
On Sunday, the British press reported Britain and Canada will be establishing joint diplomatic missions and share embassy offices abroad.
"The aim is to expand the countries' diplomatic presence in places where either London or Ottawa does not already have an embassy," an article by BBC News noted.
"While money is one factor driving co-operation, this diplomatic link-up will also play well in euro-sceptic circles within the Conservative Party, where there is a good deal of unease at the expansion of the European Union's own diplomatic corps — the External Action Service."
But during question period in the House of Commons, Baird said the arrangement was small and administrative, and would, for example, give a British diplomat an office at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti, where Britain now has no presence.
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