Ottawa, ON– The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement after requesting an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to discuss the state of Chinese-Canadian relations:

“Since the December 1st arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Canadians have been subject to retaliatory detentions by the Chinese government, while dozens of others have been detained on administrative grounds or had their visas questioned.

“Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed that he believes that these detentions are ‘completely politically motivated’ but he has still not called the Chinese President about these actions. Clearly, Justin Trudeau’s naïve approach to diplomacy is not working.

“That is why Conservatives on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs are calling for an emergency committee meeting. The Liberals need to outline what steps they are taking to ensure the immediate release of detained Canadians and be clear whether or not it is safe for Canadians to travel to China. The Canadian Ambassador to China, the Hon. John McCallum, is in Canada to brief the Liberal government on the situation and the committee should have the opportunity to hear from him as well.

Canadians are rightly concerned about family members in China and are question whether it is safe to travel there amid the present dispute.

“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to urge Justin Trudeau to intervene on behalf of Canadians detained in China and to provide certainty to the hundreds of Canadians with family members working in China or those considering travel to the country.”


For more information:

Office of the Hon. Erin O’Toole, MP
[email protected]
(613) 992-2792