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Canada closing Phoenix consulate, four others

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Canadian government is closing five consulates in
the United States, including Phoenix.

The other closures are in Buffalo, N.Y., Philadelphia, Anchorage and
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

A government spokeswoman said nearby hubs will provide services to areas that
had consulates close.

The spokeswoman, Aliya Mawani, says in an email to The Associated Press that
the closures will help protect Canada’s interests in promoting that country’s
values in as many countries as possible while also delivering value for Canadian
taxpayers.