Meet Beijing's biggest supporter in Ottawa: a former Trudeau cabinet minister, ambassador to China

In this clip from the July 30 edition of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra discusses John McCallum, China's biggest supporter in Ottawa.

McCallum, a former Liberal Party MP and cabinet minister, was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chosen ambassador to China from 2017 to 2019. But Trudeau forced McCallum to resign from his post after his public support for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.

McCallum told a group of Chinese-language journalists in Toronto that he thought Meng had a strong case in her battle against extradition to the U.S., going so far as to list numerous arguments he thought favoured her side in the case.

As Ezra points out about McCallum:

He literally accepted $73,000 in free gifts from the communist dictatorship. And those are just the ones that he's disclosed! As in, he accepted them, he admitted them, he even told authorities about them, and that was just fine apparently to Trudeau and our mainstream media. Imagine if a Conservative MP had taken $73,000 worth of payouts from any country, really. Even our allies, like the United States, let alone our enemies.

Why leave it there, though? McCallum's words speak for themselves, as reported by the Globe and Mail:

In some important policy areas such as the environment, global warming, free trade, globalization, the policies of the government of Canada are closer to the policies of the government of China than they are to U.S. policies... I believe that because of this political situation with Donald Trump, the Chinese are now more interested than before to do things with us... In a sense, it's a good thing for me as an ambassador and for Canada with China because, because of these big differences, it gives us opportunities in China. There is no doubt that Canada wants to do more with China, which is what the Prime Minister told me when he asked me to come here.

After McCallum recently suggested to a major Chinese immigration company that Canada's troubles with China were temporary, Ezra wondered:

Was John McCallum working for that major chinese company when he was still a cabinet minister or diplomat? I don't mean that he was necessarily taking cash from them... But was John McCallum preparing to work for Chinese companies after his political career, while he was still working for the Canadian government?