Being ‘nice’ hasn’t made China treat Canada any better. It’s time to live up to our values and say the truth.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has taken a strong line on China’s hosting of the upcoming Olympics, issuing an editorial in which he says the Olympics need to be moved out of that country:
“Canada must call on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. It won’t be the first time Canadian leadership on the world stage meant taking a risk to stand up for human dignity.”
O’Toole also called out China for genocide:
“There is genocide going on in Xinjiang. The Chinese embassy in Washington bragged on social media recently about forced sterilization measures being undertaken, going so far as to refer to Uighur women as “baby-making machines.”
The assumption underpinning that horrific statement by an official agent of the Chinese government is they object to the creation of more Uighur Muslim children. No other conclusion could possibly be drawn.”
Whatever else one thinks of O’Toole, and I have been critical of him when I think it is deserved, he is 100% right here.
China is undertaking a campaign of genocide in Xinjiang, and Canada must call it out.
Of course, Justin Trudeau by contrast is unwilling to do so.
As I pointed out in my latest article for The Post Millennial, Trudeau is willing to accuse Canada of genocide, but is unwilling to say the same about China:
“Instead, Trudeau said it was an “extremely loaded” term, and that it needs more investigation to be sure that “it is clearly and properly justified.”
“There is no question there have been tremendous human-rights abuses reported coming out of Xinjiang, and we are extremely concerned about that,” said Trudeau, adding “we need to ensure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed in the process before a determination like that is made.”
Of course, Trudeau didn’t show that same level of “concern” when it came to accusing Canada (and by extension Canadians), of genocide.”
With his remarks, O’Toole has put the Conservatives on the right side of history, while Trudeau is choosing to weaken Canada’s values with his refusal to acknowledge what is happening in Xinjiang.
Canada simply cannot afford the damage being done by Justin Trudeau’s unwillingness to acknowledge the threat that China poses to free and democratic nations.
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