No Prisoner Exchange With China Says Trudeau

Trudeau’s remarks come after pressure from former Chretien Liberals to make a trade with the ruthless Communist State.

Justin Trudeau says there will be no exchange of prisoners with Communist China.

With Canadians Michael Kovrig & Michael Spavor still being held hostage by Communist China while Meng Wanzhou lives it up in Vancouver, some cowardly former Chretien Liberals have been pushing for a ‘prisoner exchange’ with China.

They propose ending extradition proceedings in Meng’s case, and letting her fly to China, following which, presumably, China will release our Citizens.

It’s a horrendous idea, considering that we have an extradition treaty with the US we are bound to honour, and we of course have no idea if China would actually release our people. Worst of all, a ‘prisoner exchange’ would validate China’s hostage diplomacy tactics, putting more Canadians at risk.

Now, in a rare good move, Trudeau has pushed back on the idea of a prisoner exchange, making clear that he rejects it.

As noted by the Globe & Mail, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting a potential “prisoner exchange” to obtain the freedom of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, despite his failure to use recent China-U.S. trade talks as leverage to secure the release of the two Canadians detained in China.”

“We are a country of the rule of law and we will abide by the rule of law,” said Trudeau.

Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland had also strongly rejected such an exchange:

“Our government has been clear that we are a rule of law country and that we honour our extradition treaty commitments. That is what we need to do and that is what we will do.”

For the most part, the Trudeau-Freeland foreign policy has been a total failure. Canada has shown weakness on the world stage, inviting further challenge and further mistreatment of our citizens.

However, Trudeau & Freeland are doing the right thing by rejecting calls for a prisoner exchange. Now, they need to build on getting something right and toughen up their approach overall, making it clear that Canada cannot be mistreated without consequences.

Unfortunately, that seems unlikely.

Spencer Fernando

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Major Tom

If we are indeed….”a rule of law country.”…….why did Justin let all those illegals enter Canada between the Ports of Exit/Entry?

Bridgette

You answered your own question.

Bridgette

If our prisoners in China were middle eastern the exchange would have happened a year ago.

NancyW

Wow Surprise, surprise who is thinking for them on this one. The lieberals are still going after our guns and want the USMCA passed quickly, but the Conservatives really want to examine it first as no one but the lieberals had that chance before. And the lieberal Jean Charest has stepped down from running in the Conservative leadership race (they actually had the charges against him quieted so he could run?) but he said that that the Conservative Party had changed and he was too good for it basically what a sad excuse for a people kind he is. So… Read more »

Brian Dougan

No prisoner exchange. That’s fine; an exchange is a terrible idea. However; (as far as we’ve been told) nothing has been done to get the two men released. As usual; the bearded one continues to blow smoke. The prisoners are in his dithering file.

Gary major

trudeau/freeland get tough with China LGAO!

David MacKAY

Quote “We are a country of the rule of law and we will abide by the rule of law,” said Trudeau.
Any one ask former Attorney General about that? Oh I forgot. Ms Raybould signed an into perpetuity gag order to be allowed to run as a Liberal MP and become bankrupt with enforceable penalties if she were to speak about Trudeau and his policies and or decisions. Hows that for bowing to your dictator?,

Ron Shaw

So why is Canada still playing nice with China . Halt all international trade , monetary and financial dealings until real negotiations happen . Then ask Canadians if we need or want to deal with this brutal regime . It would not be the end of the world if we said no . There are literally hundreds of other countries that would step up to trade fairly .

Clive Edwards

I guess it would have been too “in our faces” if the Yanks had “droned” Meng, Assange, Manning and Snowden. Read those names again: these are only four of the people the Yanks want dead because they oppose American criminality.