It’s a step in the right direction, but Trudeau’s weakness on China and refusal to take action himself continues to show weakness.
In a recent TVA interview, Justin Trudeau has said that he’s made a request of the US, asking them not to sign their ‘phase 1’ trade deal until Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are released.
In fairness, it’s a good move by Trudeau and a step in the right direction. At the very least, Trudeau is showing a rudimentary understanding of the concept of leverage.
And the US should agree to Trudeau’s request, because Kovrig and Spavor were kidnapped by China as part of a chain of events that began with a US extradition request for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.
Unfortunately, Trudeau’s request still makes Canada reliant on action by the US, rather than taking action ourselves to show China that there are clear consequences for their mistreatment of our Citizens.
Additionally, we recently learned that the Trudeau government is investing $141 million Canadian taxpayer dollars in Communist China’s coal industry, at the same time as they are shutting down Canada’s coal industry.
Also, after Trudeau was caught laughing at Trump at the recent NATO summit, the US is far less likely to agree to anything he requests, another example of how Trudeau’s foolishness hurts Canada’s national interests.
I call it like I see it, and while Trudeau almost always deserves to be criticized for his failed policies, he is right to ask the US to make the release of Kovrig and Spavor part of any trade deal.
Yet, unless Trudeau uses this moment as a launching pad towards a tougher policy towards China (including banning Huawei), it will do nothing to change China’s perception of Canada as a weak nation that can be taken advantage of without consequence.
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