OTTAWA – Canada’s official opposition wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use his time at the G7 leaders’ summit to take a stand against China and move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole sent the letter today as Trudeau meets with other world leaders in the UK next week.
As leader of the host country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to focus the meeting on efforts to fight COVID-19, and to make an economic return from the pandemic.
O’Toole says the lack of vaccines in Canada during January and February puts the country behind the recovery of other G7 economies, and Trudeau must work with its international counterparts to reduce dependence on foreign countries, such as China.
Cooperation with allies on ways to ‘resist the threat posed by the communist Chinese regime’ is one of the key issues O’Toole outlines in his letter for the forthcoming summit.
Conservatives have slammed Trudeau over reports that scientists at a laboratory in Winnipeg were collaborating on infectious diseases with Chinese military researchers, to which Trudeau responded last week by warning Tories not to tolerate.
“The increase in anti-Asian racism we have seen in recent months should be of concern to everyone,” the Prime Minister said in the House of Commons.
The reaction led to the Conservatives blowing back, while MP Michael Barrett demanded that the prime minister drop what he calls ‘awake talking points’ and address security issues. Trudeau has since strayed from his ‘tolerance and diversity’ response.
O’Toole says Canada must commit to banning Huawei and stopping Canadian money from going to companies with possible ties to China’s military and surveillance efforts.
The Conservative leader points to a recent executive order by US President Joe Biden banning investors from giving expenses to 59 Chinese companies, which he says Trudeau could do.
“As Prime Minister, I also urge you to use your voice on the world stage to ask for the relocation of the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing,” the letter reads.
“Canada is not allowed to send its athletes to participate, while a genocide is being committed on Uyghurs, and two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been detained.”
The Conservatives have been pushing for months for Trudeau’s liberal government to take a less tolerant approach to China, which, according to O’Toole, threatens Canada’s interests.
Combating climate change is also on the agenda for the forthcoming G7 leaders’ summit.
O’Toole calls on Trudeau to come up with the idea of imposing “carbon border adjustment rates” on imports from countries with less stringent measures to reduce emissions, such as China, to prevent Canada from losing its competitiveness. plan.
The Conservatives also want the Prime Minister to reject a new global tax treaty to set minimum tax rates for businesses in Canada.
Trudeau and the Canadian delegation will travel to the UK for the G7 meeting from 11 to 13 June and then to the NATO summit on 14 June.
By Stephanie Taylor