UPDATE September 30, 2020: The planned flag-raising event has been cancelled.
Has Ontario Premier Doug Ford given his thumbs up to a ceremony honoring the bloody revolution of Mao Zedong that birthed the Communist State of China?
The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday that:
The Chinese flag will be raised at 12:30 pm ET on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in commemoration of China’s National Day, which is October 1. The date commemorates the founding of the People’s Republic of China by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949.
Jackie Gordon, the Sergeant-at-Arms in the Ontario Legislature, said this is taking place at the request of the Confederation of Toronto Chinese Canadian Organizations. The flag will fly on the legislature’s “courtesy flagpole” for the duration of the ceremony which is expected to take one hour.
China’s consul-general in Toronto, Han Tao, will speak at the event, according to a statement from the Ontario legislature.
Michael Chong, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and the MP for the Ontario riding of Wellington Halton Hills, told the Globe and Mail, “I don’t think any order of government in Canada should be flying the flag of the People’s Republic of China while two Canadian citizens are wrongfully imprisoned in China.”
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were kidnapped nearly 660 days ago days by the Chinese government in response to Canadian law enforcement’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, on an extradition request from the United States. She is fighting extradition in the British Columbia court.
Sgt. At Arms Gordon defended the decision to the Globe and Mail, saying the legislature is apolitical.
“Our focus is more provincial. We leave global diplomatic relations to the federal government,” she said. “We focus on the cultural diversity, or mosaic, of this province.”
Rebel News has hired lawyer Prof. David Matas to draft a formal complaint asking the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights to investigate the illegal detention and treatment of Spavor and Kovrig. The full complaint is available at FreeTheTwoMichaels.com.
The first people to die violently after the 1949 declaration of the Chinese State were landowners killed in the land reform campaign of the early 1950s. Secret police created "people's tribunals" to target at least one landlord in every village. Experts estimate at least 1 million people were killed and suggest as many as 4 million died from unnatural causes, including famine and exposure.
Between 1958 to 1962, Mao’s Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people, making it the largest systemic episode of mass murder ever recorded.
Today the Chinese State has imprisoned approximately 3 million Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority in the province of Xinjiang, in concentration camps where they are forced labor in Chinese factories. Uyghur women are routinely forcibly sterilized and children are stripped of their Muslim names and sent to residential schools for re-education.