NDP, Liberals block push to reinstate Canada-China Committee to study Hong Kong

NDP, Liberals block push to reinstate Canada-China Committee to study Hong Kong

The federal NDP has teamed up with Justin Trudeau to stop the official Canada-China Committee, which was tasked earlier last year with reviewing the conduct of the Canadian and Chinese government’s bi-lateral relationship.

The committee would have brought tough conversations to the committee room, leading to harsh headlines for Justin Trudeau, who is seen by some Canadians as “embarrassing” when dealing with the Chinese Communist Party.

The NDP, which supported the creation of the committee just a few months ago, have turned away from it the same day that Trudeau announced he would cave to a key NDP demand wherein he would ask the provinces to mandate what amounts to 10 extra days of unquestioned sick leave.

Garnett Genuis, Conservative MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, brought a motion to debate the developing situation in the former British colony to the House of Commons on Monday.

According to Genuis:

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is trying to use this pandemic – a pandemic of their own making, to snuff out Hong Kong’s light. To suppress this great city & thus to hide the desire of Hong Kongers and of all Chinese people to be free.”

The state of democracy continues to deteriorate in the iconic city of Hong Kong. Young protesters have taken to the streets of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, peacefully calling for a restoration of the freedoms guaranteed to them in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Protests have escalated since the Communist Party announced that they would be unilaterally imposing a “national security law” on the semi-autonomous city, banning anything that is judged to "destabilize" the Chinese government.