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Canadians expect gov't to speak out on Russia's anti-gay law: Harper

MIRAMICHI, N.B. (NEWS1130) – Stephen Harper has waded into the controversy over Russia’s new anti-gay law.

Speaking in Miramichi, N.B., the prime minister says Canadians expect his government to defend human rights.

Harper says Canada is not a country where people are jailed or killed for their political positions or for engaging in certain consensual acts between adults.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird also expressed hope that the controversy would be resolved before the Games begin in February.

The controversial Russian law bans so-called “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on people who stage gay pride rallies.

Russia says it has no intention of changing the law as international pressure builds ahead of next year’s Winter Games in the Black Sea resort locale of Sochi.