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“No one who shares Mr. Ramli’s views should have ever been approved by Global Affairs Canada to serve in this capacity,” she said in a statement at the time.
Freeland also called for a review of that process, which has been passed onto her successor Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne. The National Post obtained that review through access to information. It came to the conclusion there was no standard process for vetting these honorary consuls.
“There are inconsistent approaches to carrying out personal and professional suitability of honorary consul candidates,” reads the report sent to Champagne.
The review looked at 330 honorary consuls currently representing other countries in Canada and found 15 that warranted closer scrutiny. The report does not detail which consuls concerned the department.
In a statement, department spokesperson Patricia Skinner, said the review was completed in 2020. She also declined to say which honorary consuls the department was concerned about.
“This review was completed in 2020 and it did not result in any changes to the honorary consuls. We do not comment on particular cases.”
The review found some consuls were vetted in multiple languages with deep dives into their social media history, professional qualifications and other references done to ensure that they were suitable.
But others appears to get only a cursory vetting and there was no standard for what Canadian officials were expected to do.