By Liberty Himalaya Farm Canada
Thoughtful Canadians continue to scratch their heads and wonder: Why does the current government continue to appease the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the face of their obvious transgressions of International norms and treaties, gross violations of human rights, clear influence and infiltration operations, and the historic low positive public opinion of the CCP (only 14% of respondents) in Canada? “The CCP is an International pariah that thumbs its nose at global norms, laws and institutions and has repeatedly kicked sand in Canada’s face because of its weak leadership”1. It is nonsensical. It is infuriating.
Is the Cabinet afraid of the CCP? Are Cabinet members compromised in some way? Does the Canadian government share the CCP’s ideals, or are they simply naïve when it comes to the CCP’s true intentions?
Back in May 2020, the government argued that it was not time to consider culpability in the spread of the CCP-virus (Covid-19). There would be time enough in the future to review these issues, we were told. Now was the time for co-operation, not criticism. The government was concerned with helping Canadians obtain the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they needed (most of it sourced from China). What was not mentioned is the government’s reliance on the goodwill of the CCP, and its proxies in the UN, to secure a seat on the UN Security Council.
However, in June 2020 Norway and Ireland beat Canada in the vote for the Security Council seats. So that excuse disappeared and still, the Liberals would not say anything negative about the CCP. Here we are three months later in September 2020 and the CCP-virus curve has been thoroughly flattened, and there are no shortages of PPE. So that excuse has also disappeared and, you guessed it, the government still does not uttered strong criticism of the CCP.
There is also the question of the extradition of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, who was detained in Vancouver on December 1, 2018, on a U.S. extradition request concerning breaches of U.S. sanctions against Iran. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadian businessmen, were arrested in China in December 2018 – in a move seen by most to have been retaliatory by the CCP. Under pressure from the CCP to intervene in the case the government has consistently stated that the Canadian Justice system is independent and that they cannot influence the outcome. In effect, this is an admission that this case should not influence Canada’s foreign policy or criticism of the CCP on other issues – such as their complicity in spreading the CCP-virus. The CCP’s malicious treatment of the two Michaels will unfold based on the decisions of the court. If the CCP is indeed using their charges and imprisonment as a bargaining chip believing they can influence the government, they will not put them to death, or indeed release them, as a result of Canada criticizing the CCP on the unrelated issue of the CCP-virus until the case is resolved. This leaves the government to level criticism on other issues.
This leaves us nonplussed in understanding the government’s unwillingness to criticize Beijing. Why defy public opinion which is now solidly in opposition to the CCP? An Angus Reid poll earlier this year indicated that 85% of Canadians do not believe that the CCP has been honest or transparent about the CCP-virus. 85% do not believe that the CCP can be trusted on issues of human rights and the rule of law. 80% say Huawei should be banned. Only 14% have a positive opinion of China (as represented by the CCP regime). This is a heavy rebuke of the government’s devotion to a policy of trying to sweet-talk the CCP. The Prime Minister’s former senior foreign policy advisor Roland Paris said: “We can’t afford to treat the CCP as a friend – they are not”.
The Liberal government is standing apart from all of its allies and is standing with the rhetoric and propaganda of the CCP. “The pro-CCP actions of the government have become so disturbing, so strange, and so anti-Canadian that many people are understandably asking if Canada has already become a colony of the CCP”2. In a 2012 op-ed, the Prime Minister wrote: “China, for one, sets its own rules and will continue to do so, because it can. China has a game plan. There is nothing inherently sinister about that.” Does the government still believe this? Clinging to this belief today, in the face all that we now know, would be massively naïve. What is the motivation?
The government cannot claim that they have not been warned. Global Affairs warned the Trudeau government that the CCP is using the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Belt-and-Road initiative to advance its economic influence, gain regional influence, and spread its authoritarian model of governance around the world. It concluded that Canada needs to take account of Beijing’s long-term strategic challenge to Canada’s interest and values. Former CSIS director Richard Fadden warned as early as 2010 that the CCP was seeking to infiltrate and influence Canadian Institutions, including provincial and local governments and universities. The Canadian Security & Intelligence Service (CSIS) has stated that Canada is an “attractive and permissive target” for CCP interference that endangers the foundations of our fundamental institutions, including our system of Democracy itself. The CCP has won the support of some influential Canadians using economic carrots & sticks. Canada’s allies in the 5-eyes intelligence alliance, a bipartisan consensus in the United State Congress, and 27 members of the European Union have joined Australia in calling for an independent investigation into the origins of the CCP-virus and its spread around the world. And yet the government waffles.
Canadian government officials repeat CCP propaganda directly. When Dominic Barton appeared in front of a Commons Committee he declined to answer whether the CCP’s construction of militarized islands in the South China Sea violated International Law. Barton said that “the Chinese people place an importance on the values of collectivism and harmony, owing to a Confucian heritage. Understanding the extent to which Chinese value unity and the needs of society at large, rather than freedom of individual choice…we just have to understand that”. Charles Burton, former Canadian diplomat in Beijing commented that this statement by the Ambassador was consistent with official CCP propaganda. The CCP attempts to uphold its legitimacy by claiming that China’s traditional culture demands a non-democratic single party of autocratic rule. That is a colossal rationalization, and the Canadian government seems to be accepting it.
On June 30, 2020, the CCP imposed a National Security Law on Hong Kong meant to quell democracy protests that have rocked the territory since March 15, 2019. As Amnesty International states “the law is dangerously vague and broad: virtually anything could be deemed a threat to national security…and it applies to anyone on the planet.” Since all countries in the 5-eyes security alliance issued a stiff rebuke to the CCP for imposing the new law on HK, the Canadian government was finally forced to take a stand. On July 3rd, 2020 the Prime Minister expressed “grave concerns” over this new law and committed to restrict exports of sensitive military goods and cancel the extradition treaty with China.
In the face of all the evidence, all its allies, and most of the Canadian public opinion, the Liberal government has still largely clung to an apparent strategy of appeasement since being elected on November 4th, 2015. Is it any wonder that people are beginning to openly question their motives?
Canada needs a government with a firmer policy towards the CCP. A government which will not shy away from projecting strength, instead of appeasing the regime in Beijing. On August 23, 2020, Erin O’Toole was elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). O’Toole recognizes that there is no greater geopolitical issue than dealing with the CCP’s intentions to impose its model of authoritarian governance on the world and erode our rules-based approach. Any serious candidate for Prime Minister needs a serious plan to deal with the CCP. Weakness in Ottawa has convinced Beijing that Canada can be pushed around. The O’Toole campaign has a detailed policy to confront the CCP’s International aggression.
To quote Spencer Fernando: “At what point do we stop pretending that the CCP hasn’t rammed its giant fist so far up the backside of our current government, that they now have the power to move cabinet mouths?”
- Diane Francis: “Trudeau changes his tone on China – but not nearly enough”. National Post May 14, 2020.
- Spencer Fernando: “A Canada colonized by China?”. National Citizens Coalition May 8, 2020.