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The Conservative government is being advised by senior bureaucrats to consider limiting consular assistance for Canadians with dual citizenship who travel on a foreign passport or those who live outside the country for a long period of time.

The recommendation on the degree of aid extended to Canadians in distress around the globe is contained in briefing books for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Trade Minister Ed Fast, obtained by The Globe through access-to-information law.

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Senior bureaucrats give DFAIT advice on Canadians of convenience