Another horrible idea from a member of Canada’s political & business elite.
John Manley, a former Liberal deputy PM, is calling for Canada to undertake a prisoner exchange with Communist China.
As reported by the Globe & Mail, Manley wants Canada to give up Meng Wanzhou in order to secure the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
Manley says the precedent for such an exchange would be the prisoner swaps during the cold war.
Interestingly, as noted in the report, Manley (who is the CEO of the Business Council of Canada) is also a corporate director at Telus. Telus just so happens to use Huawei equipment in sections of their network.
Surely, that’s just a coincidence…
Amazingly, Manley even said that if Canada releases Wanzhou, we may ‘have to wait’ for China to release Kovrig and Spavor.
Manley’s idea is horrendous, and represents the seemingly inherent weakness and submissiveness of Canada’s political and corporate elites.
First of all, Canada has an extradition treaty with the US, so Manley is advocating for Canada to pick China over our democratic US ally (and by far our largest trading partner).
Second, doing a prisoner swap would legitimize China’s tactic of kidnapping Canadians in response to Canada fulfilling our extradition treaty with the US. China would then realize that they could simply kidnap more Canadians whenever they have a dispute with us, leading to more and more Canadians being kidnapped as leverage for China.
In short, Manley’s idea is dangerous and disgusting. The fact that his kind of thinking is so prevalent in the political and corporate class goes to show why Canada has become such a weak nation.
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