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The Halifax International Security Forum (Halifax) touts its mission as “Strengthening strategic cooperation among democratic nations”. Seems like a laudable aim, if you consider yourself a democratic nation. An aim that you would think a Government in one of those Democratic countries would not easily be diverted from. Well, you would be wrong when it comes to Canada.
Halifax is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. Halifax attracts some heavy International hitters to its conference in Nova Scotia, Canada every year. There they discuss the world’s most pressing security challenges. Halifax attracts senior politicians – including a significant delegation from the United States Congress — top military commanders, strategists, thinkers, influential journalists, and business leaders from across the democratic world.
Halifax was considering presenting their “John McCain Award” for leadership in Public Service to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. Tsai has been lauded around the world for her handling of the Wuhan Virus pandemic, alongside her commitment to democracy and her defense of Taiwan’s independence in the face of ongoing threats and belligerence from Communist China.
It would have been the third time the Halifax presented the McCain award. The first, in 2018, went to the people of Lesbos, Greece, for their efforts to save refugees; the second, in 2019, went to the citizen protesters in Hong Kong. Halifax planned to give the third to Taiwan’s president for standing strong against China’s relentless pressure.
The Canadian Government has provided some financial support to Halifax in the past. But, when Canadian officials learned of the forum’s plans, they made it clear that if organizers gave the honor to Tsai, the Canadian government would pull support, and funding, from Halifax.
The Canadian opposition leader Erin O’Toole commented on the Government’s action: “It’s disappointing but not surprising to see the extent to which the Trudeau government will go to secretly support the Communist Party of China. It begs the question of what else this government is doing in secret to support their friends in China that we don’t know about.” 
Anthony Furey, a writer for Toronto Sun newspaper commented “The Trudeau government is trying to bully a major security conference into not honoring Taiwanese President @iingwen because it goes against China’s wishes“.
Michael Chong, a Conservative Member of Parliament tweeted: “The Trudeau government’s silence is a serious miscalculation. If democracies are silent, our hard-won and cherished beliefs in human rights & the rule of law will lose to a new, ascendant model of authoritarianism. Precisely what China wants.”
Jonathan Manthorpe, author of “Claws of the Panda” wrote: “It’s not hyperbole to point out the Liberal Party of Canada is deeply compromised by CCP political influence efforts, it’s all established in detail in Claws of the Panda. Items like this are simply the consequence of having a pro-CCP party in power.”
Mark Dubowitz, the CEO of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, tweeted: “Shame on @JustinTrudeau for bowing to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party. Taiwan is standing strong against relentless pressure from the dictatorship in Beijing. He should honor them for doing so.”
Spencer Fernando, a conservative Canadian commentator observes: “over and over again, Trudeau ignores opportunities to show strength and instead decides to do the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party, sending a message to them that they can continue to threaten our Citizens, mistreat our country, and bully us and our allies while getting only weakness and subservience in return. Trudeau’s approach to China, and his continued pattern of acting almost on behalf of the CCP, puts our country at further risk, and it’s time for Canadians across the political spectrum – including the many Liberals who bucked the Trudeau PMO by voting to declare China’s actions against the Uyghur’s as a genocide – to speak out against Trudeau’s CCP-friendly agenda”. 
History, and the experience in the schoolyard, makes it abundantly clear that trying to appease a bully only results in more bullying. Surely the Canadian Government knows this, and there is a more sinister explanation – is the Prime Minister “wavering” in his commitment to Canada’s traditional allies? Is he still deluding himself by trying to play nice with the CCP? The answer is yes. He may think he is doing the two hostages (Michael Spavor and Micheal Kovrig were captured by the CCP in China shortly after the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on a US extradition request) a favor by his behavior, but negotiating with hostage-takers is never a good idea.
It is now clear: Canada’s Prime Minister is a clear and present danger to the National Security of the country.
 “By Threatening The Halifax Security Forum In An Effort To Block Award To Taiwan’s President, The Trudeau Government Once Again Does Communist China’s Bidding”, Spencer Fernando, April 11, 2021.