Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Stephanie Kusie, Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions, issued the following statement today:

“Last month, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer asked Prime Minister Trudeau to pick up the phone, call Chinese President Xi and demand the safe return of the two Canadians being held by Beijing. Instead of taking action, Justin Trudeau once again demonstrated a profoundly naïve approach to diplomacy and tried to downplay the arrests as standard consular cases.

“Since then, dozens of Canadians have been detained on administrative grounds or had their visas questioned. Canadians are rightly concerned about family members in China and are questioning whether or not it’s safe to travel there. They deserve clear answers.

“Prime Minister Trudeau is willing to call the US President to discuss the arrest of a Chinese citizen in Canada, but he refuses to call the Chinese President to discuss the arbitrary arrest of two Canadian citizens in China. We need more than half measures from this Prime Minister.

“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

Office of Stephanie Kusie, MP
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