Canadians have decisively turned against the Chinese Communist Party. O’Toole’s tougher vision on dealing with China represents what Canadians want.
With Erin O’Toole having decisively won the Conservative leadership race, attention is turning to his views on China.
In the Globe & Mail, an article refers to O’Toole’s ‘hawkish voice’ on China.
The article even tries to link O’Toole to Trump:
“In his rhetoric and approach toward China, Mr. O’Toole hews more closely to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – and even President Donald Trump – than to the more cautious and amicable approach that has been the hallmark of Liberal governments dating to Pierre Trudeau.”
However, the fact is that O’Toole isn’t copying the approach of the US, O’Toole is simply representing what Canadians think.
Here are some examples:
81% of Canadians have an unfavourable view of China, the most unpopular country in the views of Canadians.
Only 11% of Canadians want closer trade ties with China, with a huge majority wanting less trade with China. On trade, China is the least popular country in Canada.
So, O’Toole is totally in line with what Canadians want.
Meanwhile, as you can see in the stats above, Trudeau’s weakness represents a mere fringe of Canadians.
Canadians have realized that Trudeau’s pathetically weak approach is a total failure.
In a true democracy, the views of the people need to be represented by leaders in actual policy outcomes, and on China, the views of the vast majority of Canadians line up totally with O’Toole and the Conservatives.