Published On: Fri, Oct 11th, 2019

Justin Trudeau: China policy could cost him in Canadian elections as rivals hit out | World | News

Leader of the left-wing New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh condemned Trudeau’s China policy during the final debate before polls open on October 21. He said: “On the question of relations with China we have to be strong, we have to show we defend human rights. “With Mr Trudeau he swings to the left during the campaigns and says a lot of nice things, then once he is in office he swings back to the right.” The central theme of the discussion was the Chinese detainment of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor on December 10.

The imprisonment seemed to be an attempt by Beijing to pressure Canada to release the daughter of the founder of tech giant Huawei.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, was detained at Vancouver’s airport on December 1 at the request of US President Donald Trump, who wants her extradited to face fraud charges.

The leader of Canada’s Conservative Party accused Prime Minister Trudeau on Thursday of being passive in the government’s dispute with China.

Speaking at the debate, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said: “The government’s excuse of not wanting to step in to the Huawei affair is that the government cannot have a say in a criminal investigation.

“However, for the SNC Lavalin case Trudeau tried to butt in, Trudeau said one thing and then did something completely different.”

The SNC Lavalin scandal refers to Trudeau being found to have improperly influenced then Minister of Justice and Attorney General to intervene in an ongoing criminal case against Quebec-based construction company SNC-Lavalin.

Relations between China and Canada are at their lowest point since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 with China halting the imports of certain Canadian products.

Scheer said Trudeau “dragged his heels” in complaining to the World Trade Organisation.

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Having been neck and neck for much of the campaigning, Trudeau’s Liberal Party are projected to have a slight edge over near rivals the Conservative Party lead by Scheer, according to CBC News polls.

That is despite the emergence of images from 2001 where the Prime Minister, then a teacher, was wearing ‘brown face’ as part of a fancy dress costume.

He apologised for the act admitting that it was racist.

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