At 3 pm on November 18th there was an opposition motion in the house of commons of Canada about foreign policy towards China. The motion reads as follows:
- the People’s Republic of China, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is threatening Canada’s national interest and its values, including Canadians of Chinese origin within Canada’s borders,
- Canada must have a strong and principled foreign policy backed by action in concert with its allies, the House call upon the government to:
a) decide on Huawei’s involvement in Canada’s 5G network within 30 days of the adoption of this motion; and
(b) develop a robust plan, as Australia has done, to combat China’s growing foreign operations here in Canada and its increasing intimidation of Canadians living in Canada, and table it within 30 days of the adoption of this motion.
Although the motion passed 179 votes in favor and 146 votes opposed it is noteworthy that the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, voted against the motion.
I have written on these pages before questioning the motives of the Prime Minister as it relates to his beliefs and agenda in never criticizing or pushing back against the clear bullying and provocations of the CCP.
The motion itself is rather benign. It simply contemplates giving voice to the reality that the CCP is threatening Canada’s national interest, as well as calling for the government to have a strong policy to combat the CCP’s growing interference operations in Canada, as well as its intimidation of Canadians of Chinese descent living in Canada. Further, it calls for a long-overdue decision about how Huawei’s involvement in Canada’s 5G network.
What could be behind the Prime Minister’s inability to vote for such an obvious position, which is clearly in the national interest of Canada? It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Prime Minister is hedging his bets, waiting for his preferred option of a win by Joseph Biden in the American presidential election. If this were to come to pass I am predicting that the Liberal government’s position related to the CCP would become far more accommodating.
As I stated in a previous article entitled “Evidence of CCP influence operations accumulate”, threats and intimidation by servants of the CCP are now common around the world as the CCP engages in more muscular diplomacy. Such is life in the utopian communist world that the CCP wants to export to the free world. And in “The CCP benefits from the naivete of the West” I declared: “The time for naivete, appeasement, and turning the other cheek has long since passed. Now is the time to exercise logic, common sense, and Realpolitik. This is the time to respond to the clear actions and stated goals of the CCP that they intend to impose their authoritarian, dictatorial model on the rest of the world and use any means to crush our resistance”.
The opposition leader Erin O’Toole said in a Press conference on November 17th “we call upon the government to finally grow a spine, and make a decision on Huawei’s involvement in Canada’s critical 5G network within 30 days of the adoption of his motion”. O’Toole went on “Canadians of Chinese origin have been threatened by foreign agents in our country. Human rights organizations such as amnesty international and the Uighur Congress have documented Chinese intimidation, especially against human rights activists who have spoken out against the crackdown in Hong Kong and China’s ongoing genocide in East Turkestan”.
Multiple books such as “Claws of the Panda” by Jonathan Manthorpe,” Stealth War” by Robert Spalding, and “Silent Invasion” by Clive Hamilton, have documented the infiltration program by the CCP in the west over the last 4 to 5 decades. This infiltration is now culminating in the United States in the form a program of CCP-orchestrated voter fraud which has been uncovered in the 2020 election. Also, the revelation that the Biden family is severely compromised by the CCP is further proof that many Western leaders have been enveloped by the CCP program of “elite capture”.
When national leaders make decisions that defy logic and are against the national interest, it becomes impossible not to conclude that they too are implicated in these CCP programs.
By Himalaya Canada Liberte (G-news)
1.” Trudeau votes against motion forcing a decision on Huawei’s 5G access”, Noah David Alter, Post Millenial, November 18, 2020
2. House of Commons website, https://www.ourcommons.ca/en/parliamentary-business/2020-11-18
Intimidation of Canadians by China, other countries ‘will not be tolerated’: Champagne
Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says attempts by China and other countries to intimidate people on Canadian soil “will not be tolerated,” and suggested criminal charges are possible.
He spoke in the House of Commons on Tuesday in response to a Conservative motion being debated which calls on the government to table a plan to combat Chinese aggression, as well as a decision on whether to let Huawei participate in the building of the country’s 5G networks.
“That is something that is of grave concern to me and my colleagues,” he said. “Any report of harassment and intimidation of individuals in Canada is troubling and will not be tolerated.”
He urged Canadians who experience any intimidation or influence efforts to report it to police.
“The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will continue to investigate, with a view to laying charges under the Criminal Code,” Champagne said. “Canadians can be assured their government takes the threat posed by foreign interference activities very, very seriously.”
He added that “the public safety minister will come soon with additional measures to protect the safety and security of Canadians.”
The Conservative motion calls for a response on Chinese aggression, and a decision on Huawei’s involvement, if any, in Canadian 5G networks — both within 30 days.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole pointed to Chinese influence operations earlier in the day as a key threat to Canada.
“There is no greater threat today to Canada’s interest than China’s rise,” said O’Toole.
“The democratic world must acknowledge that the approach to China over the last two decades has not worked. In fact, the situation has only gotten worse over recent years.”
Champagne said the government now recognizes that “China of 2020 is not China of 2016.”
“In light of the current challenges, we take a sober view in assessing the relationship 50 years on,” he said in a speech. “While we share longstanding connections that took root well before the establishing of diplomatic relations, today we are facing a difficult reality.”
He said the government recognizes the need for a “new approach” to dealing with China and that relies on working with allies to advocate for human rights and respect for international laws.
“China poses some of the key foreign policy challenges of our time,” Champagne said.
“We must engage with China with eyes wide open.”
Global News has reported extensively on Chinese intimidation and influence peddling among diaspora communities and politicians in Canada.
Much of that has involved activities by the United Front, Beijing’s influence network used to target Chinese community members and critics of the regime abroad, and influence local coverage of China.
The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service also warned earlier this year that Canada poses an “attractive and permissive target” for Chinese interference and influence operations.
There were reports earlier this month as well that CSIS has warned once again about the extent to which Chinese influence operations were targeting individuals on Canadian soil, which has led to increased criticism from the Conservatives over the last week of the government’s lack of a response.
Australia has in recent years put a strong emphasis on combating foreign influence by China in its domestic affairs, including passing new laws aimed at limiting foreign interference.
“We have to show we will work with our allies in a concerted way to provide a counterbalance,” O’Toole said earlier in the day, arguing the Canadian government must take a similar approach.
He also added the coming transition south of the border once president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021, makes this a good time for Canada to show it is willing to take a stronger stand on China.
“This move is going to help re-establish relationships with the United States,” he suggested, and noted there has been broad support among U.S. lawmakers including Democrats for taking a tougher line on China.
“We have to show we can be a serious and reliable trade and security partner with the U.S.”