Diane Francis: China is our enemy. When will Trudeau see that? – Financial Post

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Why are Liberals ignoring dire warnings from intelligence officials and massive public support for taking action against China?

When it comes to China, just who is Justin Trudeau listening to?When it comes to China, just who is Justin Trudeau listening to? Photo by Blair Gable/Reuters files

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The Liberal government’s domestic blunders, most recently the vaccine and financial support fiascos, are bad enough. But of greater concern is that Canada’s hapless government has allowed China to make incursions into this country that represent a serious national security threat.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen the path of capitulation and collaboration with Canada’s sworn enemy, Beijing. This poses an existential danger and explains why the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, David Vigneault, uncharacteristically spoke at an event in Ottawa recently about the country’s strategic threats.

It was a rare glimpse of what takes place behind the security curtain, indicating that the Trudeau government is not listening to, or heeding the warnings of, the experts in our spy agency. “The greatest strategic threat to Canada’s national security comes from hostile activities by foreign states,” said Vigneault, adding bluntly that China presented “a direct threat to our national security and sovereignty.”

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This is an indication that the country’s intelligence and military officials are frustrated that their political masters aren’t taking appropriate action against a rogue state. Has the Canadian government been “captured” by Beijing? This may seem hyperbolic, but consider the evidence.

The former head of the RCMP’s national intelligence co-ordination centre, Cameron Ortiz, has been incarcerated for two years. He was accused of working with China’s Communist government. One of his predecessors was accused of doing the same thing. Both officials had access to high-level Western intelligence and the allegations have rattled our allies. But Ottawa has done little to dissuade their fears.

Canada has refused to ban Huawei from contributing to its 5G network, as other members of the Five Eyes military alliance — which includes the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand — have done. This, along with the security breaches we’ve faced, could eventually be a deal breaker for our allies, which would leave Canada even more vulnerable.

Canada does little to protect its high-level intellectual property. Recent examples include the National Research Council’s deal with Chinese vaccine maker CanSino, which fell apart, allowing the Chinese to keep the intellectual property it needed to develop its vaccine, while Canada got nothing.

There was also the sharing of information about deadly pathogens between Canada’s world-class National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and a lab in Wuhan, China. Two Canadian lab officials were let go under mysterious circumstances, but the public has been kept in the dark as to exactly what happened.

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We also recently learned about a collaboration between the Natural and Sciences Engineering Research Council and Huawei that never should have been allowed to go forward.

This government seems incapable of calling Beijing out as the enemy we all know it to be. When picking an ambassador to China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose Dominic Barton, who was fresh out of McKinsey & Company, where he, as its chairman, helped the company make a fortune advising the Chinese government. He’s done nothing productive since he got there.

China has been holding two of our citizens hostage for over two years, but Trudeau has done nothing to retaliate. China has restricted trade against Canadian resources and other exports, while Trudeau has fiddled. Despite all this bullying, last summer, Trudeau signed a vaccine deal with CanSino that fell apart at the last minute and directly contributed to our current vaccine deficiency.

Canada has refused to join the Australians and Americans in pushing back against Chinese misdeeds. Our government refuses to meet its NATO commitments and recently undermined Canadian Armed Forces morale by proposing to stage a joint training exercise with China’s military.

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Canada has not forcefully condemned China over its Hong Kong crack down or the Uighur genocide. It has also refused to crack down on Beijing’s attempts to interfere with Chinese-Canadians who are speaking out about human rights abuses in their homeland.

So why doesn’t Trudeau forcefully defend and protect Canada against Beijing? Why are Liberals ignoring the dire warnings from intelligence officials and the massive public support for taking action against China? Just who is Justin Trudeau listening to?

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