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How Trudeau’s Fondness for China Negataively Impacted Canada’s COVID-19 response

How Trudeau’s Fondness for China Negataively Impacted Canada’s COVID-19 response

NORTHERN ONTARIO ~~~~~~  February 10 2021  (LSN)  Back in 2013, newly minted Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, when hosting one of his “ladies” nights speaking to a crowd of adoring women in Toronto, was asked to name a country he admired.

His answer: “The level of admiration I actually have for China, their basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime and say we need to go greenest fastest, we need to, you know, start investing in solar, I know there’s flexibility that Stephen Harper must dream about that he could do everything he wanted.”  The ladies lapped it up and tittered with laughter at his jab at then Prime Minister Harper who Trudeau thought was “dreaming” about heading up such a “basic dictatorship”.

Except it wasn’t Stephen Harper's dream. It was Trudeau’s and his reference to China’s basic dictatorship enabling it go “greenest fastet” certainly illustrated that because a “green” Canada was, and is,Trudeau’s dream, not Harper’s. Trudeau’s musings about China ‘s “green” goal also revealed a shocking level of naivity in someone vying to be Canada’s next Prime Minister. What evidence could he possibly have to believe that Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) would actually make going “green” a priority. China was then, and remains today, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases as it continues to build coal fired power plants at breakneck speed. https://www.reuters.com/article/china-coal-idUSL4N2E20HS

So Trudeau was pretty much wrong on all counts in his remarks to those swooning ladies.

It does beg the question, why was Trudeau so enamoured with China then, and remains so today, despite the belligerence the CCP has demonstrated toward Canada?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detention_of_Michael_Spavor_and_Michael_Kovrigin 

During Trudeau’s term as Prime Minister he has seen China kidnap two Canadian citizens who have languished in a Chinese prison in horrid conditions for over two years. He has heard them call Canada a country of white supremists, while banning the import of Canadian canola and pork exports to China. This, all in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition request, who is under house arrest in one of her Vancouver mansions.  https://globalnews.ca/news/5029136/huawei-meng-wanzhou-canada-timeline/

Then there was China’s deception about, and collusion with, the World Health Organization ((WHO) in alerting the world to the emergence of COVID 19 in Wuhan and its ongoing attempts to suppress information about the virus by silencing and arresting COVID 19 whistleblowers in the Chinese medical community.

The examples of the Trudeau government’s obsequious behaviour toward the CCP are many. From its timid response to the kidnapping of the two Michaels to its reluctance to criticize China for its thuggish response to Hong Kong freedom protests, it is hard to know where to begin. The Liberal government’s COVID-19 response, however, provides  a number of stark examples of Trudeau’s desire to currie favour with the CCP.

Slow to Restrict Flights from China

When countries such as the US, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea began banning flights from China as early as February, Canada was reluctant to follow suit. Asked in the House of Commons why Canada was not imposing such travel restrictions, Health Minister Patty Hajdu denounced the opposition for “spreading lies, misinformation and fears across Canadian society.” Both Hadju and Canada’s Chief Medical Office Dr. Theresa Tam, seemed more worried issues of perceived racism around such travel restrictions than the health and safety of Canadians and took to Twitter to articulate this. On January 29, 2020, Dr. Tam tweeted out a message voicing her concern about growing reports of stigmatizing comments directed at people of Asian descent on social media related to coronavirus. She added that such comments were hurtful and create a divide of “us versus them”.  https://twitter.com/cpho_canada/status/1222704579172864002?lang=en 

Hajdu issued a similar tweet praising Dr. Tam’s “incredible expertise” on the COVID response while expressing her own concerns about misinformation and racism around COVid 19. In an interview with CBC’s Wendy Mesley she reiterated those concerns, while maintaining the threat to Canada from the virus was very low.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1692443203814

They both ridiculously that the ‘stigma was a greater threat than the virus.’ In the name of political correctness they seemed bent on demonizing anyone who called for border closures to protect Canadians from the virus. Meanwhile Air Canada, of its own accord, stopped it flights to and from China at the end of January. The Liberal government finally made the same move in late March, but it was too little too late.

Defending China’s Spreading of Misinformtaion about COVID 19

If you think Hajdu and Tan’s comments were really about stigmatizing people of Chinese descent, think again. In February, when other countries continued to their flight restrictions the CCP actually praised Canada for not banning flights from China.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/china-praises-canada-slams-u-s-over-coronavirus-response-1.4795270

Hajdu’s defence of China didn’t stop with border closures. When asked by a CTV reporter, in April of last year, if the WHO’s data on death and infection rates could be trusted given suspicions China’s data wasn’t reliable, Hadju accused the reporter of “feeding into conspiracy theories that people have been perpetuating on the Internet,”  Yet it was well known at the time that the CCP had detained and punished COVID 19 whistleblowers, that US intelligence was reporting that China had intentionally under-reported its numbers, and that China admitted it wasn’t counting asymptomatic positive cases in its infection rates. As late as September Hajdu was still defending China saying “all countries had trouble determining COVID 19 infection and death rates.” Finally in October, when interviewed on CTV’s Question Period, Hadju mildly relented on her defence saying that “If China wasn’t honest, then they should be held to account and should have a review of how they conducted themselves during the pandemic.” Tough talk, suggesting a corrupt dictatorship investigate itself!

Sixteen Tons of PPE Given to China, Shorting Canada’s Medical Community

In early February 2020, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) announced that Canada had shipped sixteen tons of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to China, free of charge. This, despite earlier warnings from the WHO that it expected further international spread and that countries should be prepared to deal with this while also forecasting severe disruptions in PPE supplies. When criticized GAC defended its decision saying the shipment was an effort to co-operate in the fight against the virus. Many disagreed including Amir Attaran, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Ottawa was shocked to learn of the shipment. “It was absolutely certain in early February that we would need this equipment,” he told the Globe and Mail, “This decision went beyond altruism into high negligence and incompetence because Canada did not, and does not have surplus equipment to spare.” 

He was right. As it was later discovered that Canada’s National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/emergency-preparedness-response/national-emergency-strategic-stockpile.html

had been so poorly managed that shelves of its warehouses were bare or remaining stocks had expired. This left Canada with a severe PPE shortage for front-line medical workers. So critical was the shortage that some hospitals had staff re-using single usage PPE. So embarrassing was the shortage that Dr. Tam discouraged Canadians from wearing facemasks warning they were not effective and even “dangerous” as they may cause people to touch their faces more and/or become over confident and careless. Ironically the shortage resulted in Canada having to buy sub-standard PPE from, guess who, China. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/ppe-import-china-shortage-1.5552426

Yet somehow, once Canada had managed to replenish its PPE stock for the second wave, the good Dr. Tam flip-flopped and first “recommended” masks be worn to finally moving towards mandating them for anyone visiting any public or commercial establishments.

Reluctance to Publicly Thank Taiwan for PPE Donation

Canada did receive PPE donations from other countries during the course of the first wave of the pandemic including Taiwan. An island nation that China refuses to recognize as a sovereign state. This seemed to cause our Global Affairs Minister Francois Champagne to be somewhat reluctant to publicly thank the Taiwanese government for the donation.  Things really got awkward when he was asked by Conservative MP Ed Fast, if he would “do the right thing” and thank Taiwan for its donation. In his response, Champagne repeatedly refused to name Taiwan, instead saying “Canada is grateful to all who have given supplies to Canada. This is a common endeavour.” Trudeau eventually issued a public thank you to Taiwan when more media began to draw attention to the matter. Still, this serves as another example of the Liberal government’s reluctance to do anything that might upset China.

Vaccine Development Parternership Deal with China

This was by far the most egregious and foolish move by Trudeau in his pandemic response gong show. In May of 2020, the Liberal government announced it had endorsed a partnership between the National Research Council (NRC) and CanSino Biologics (a Chinese-based vaccine company) and the Chinese military, to develop a COVID 19 vaccine. The Canadian Centre for Vaccinology in Nova Scotia was to work with CanSino to run the first clinical trials for a possible COVID 19 vaccine. Things went off the rails before the ink had dried on the contract  when China blocked customs clearance of shipments of early vaccine samples developed at CanSino to the Nova Scotia lab for further testing as part of the Canadian clinical trials. The partnership was finally nixed in late July when it became clear that those samples would never leave China. Yet, even though the Liberal government knew early on the deal was in trouble, it wasn’t until August that it quietyly announced the deal was off.

It gives one pause to wonder again, why the Liberal government felt such a partnership was the way to go with something as vital asv vaccines. Did they not think that given the Meng Wanzhou

situation it might cause China to use the deal as a negotiating tactic or to embarrass or punish Canada yet again? Beyond leaving Canadians wonder what motivated the Liberal to enter into

such an unstable partnership given the grim state of Canada-China relations and clear evidence of that the CCP had been less than honest about the spread and infectious nature of the virus, what are the consequences of Trudeau placing his trust in China? COVID 19 vaccine shortages for Canadians, because once the Liberal government initially secured the China deal, it did not  aggressively pursue orders from other vaccine developers around the world. It wasn’t until August that the Liberals started placing new orders with other vaccine manufacturers. By that

time, other countries, had already ordered over 1.2 billion doses putting Canadian late orders at the back of the queque.

Since the collapse of its China deal the Liberal government has managed to secure small shipments of vaccines that have already been plagued with delays and no clear guarantees on when, or how many, doses will arrive. Things have become so desparate that in early February the Liberal government placed an order with COVAX, a global vaccine sharing initiative managed by the WHO, that pools funds from wealthier countries to ensure poorer, developing countries have access to COVID 19 vaccines. It is another embarrassment, as Canada as a contributor to the fund, now has to go hat in hand to get vaccines supplies that were intended for poor countries. The only G7 country to do so. Canada now hovers in the thirty range out of forty countries when it comes to percentage of population vaccinated. Canadians, particularly those at the highest risk, such as residents of Long Term Care Facilities who have been desimated by the virus, will continue to die in alarming numbers as they await a vaccine they desparately need, thanks to Trudeau’s worrisome fondness and seeming faith in the “basic dictatorship” he so admires.

So What Does China Think of Trudeau?

His answer: “The level of admiration I actually have for China, their basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime and say we need to go greenest fastest, we need to, you know, start investing in solar, I know there’s flexibility that Stephen Harper must dream about that he could do everything he wanted.”  The ladies lapped it up and tittered with laughter at his jab at then Prime Minister Harper who Trudeau thought was “dreaming” about heading up such a “basic dictatorship”.

 

Except it wasn’t Stephen Harper's dream. It was Trudeau’s and his reference to China’s basic dictatorship enabling it go “greenest fastet” certainly illustrated that because a “green” Canada was, and is,Trudeau’s dream, not Harper’s. Trudeau’s musings about China ‘s “green” goal also revealed a shocking level of naivity in someone vying to be Canada’s next Prime Minister. What evidence could he possibly have to believe that Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) would actually make going “green” a priority. China was then, and remains today, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases as it continues to build coal fired power plants at breakneck speed. https://www.reuters.com/article/china-coal-idUSL4N2E20HS

So Trudeau was pretty much wrong on all counts in his remarks to those swooning ladies.

 

It does beg the question, why was Trudeau so enamoured with China then, and remains so today, despite the belligerence the CCP has demonstrated toward Canada?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detention_of_Michael_Spavor_and_Michael_Kovrigin 

During Trudeau’s term as Prime Minister he has seen China kidnap two Canadian citizens who have languished in a Chinese prison in horrid conditions for over two years. He has heard them call Canada a country of white supremists, while banning the import of Canadian canola and pork exports to China. This, all in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition request, who is under house arrest in one of her Vancouver mansions.  https://globalnews.ca/news/5029136/huawei-meng-wanzhou-canada-timeline/

Then there was China’s deception about, and collusion with, the World Health Organization ((WHO) in alerting the world to the emergence of COVID 19 in Wuhan and its ongoing attempts to suppress information about the virus by silencing and arresting COVID 19 whistleblowers in the Chinese medical community.

 

The examples of the Trudeau government’s obsequious behaviour toward the CCP are many. From its timid response to the kidnapping of the two Michaels to its reluctance to criticize China for its thuggish response to Hong Kong freedom protests, it is hard to know where to begin. The Liberal government’s COVID-19 response, however, provides  a number of stark examples of Trudeau’s desire to currie favour with the CCP.

 

Slow to Restrict Flights from China

When countries such as the US, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea began banning flights from China as early as February, Canada was reluctant to follow suit. Asked in the House of Commons why Canada was not imposing such travel restrictions, Health Minister Patty Hajdu denounced the opposition for “spreading lies, misinformation and fears across Canadian society.” Both Hadju and Canada’s Chief Medical Office Dr. Theresa Tam, seemed more worried issues of perceived racism around such travel restrictions than the health and safety of Canadians and took to Twitter to articulate this. On January 29, 2020, Dr. Tam tweeted out a message voicing her concern about growing reports of stigmatizing comments directed at people of Asian descent on social media related to coronavirus. She added that such comments were hurtful and create a divide of “us versus them”.  https://twitter.com/cpho_canada/status/1222704579172864002?lang=en 

Hajdu issued a similar tweet praising Dr. Tam’s “incredible expertise” on the COVID response while expressing her own concerns about misinformation and racism around COVid 19. In an interview with CBC’s Wendy Mesley she reiterated those concerns, while maintaining the threat to Canada from the virus was very low.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1692443203814

They both ridiculously that the ‘stigma was a greater threat than the virus.’ In the name of political correctness they seemed bent on demonizing anyone who called for border closures to protect Canadians from the virus. Meanwhile Air Canada, of its own accord, stopped it flights to and from China at the end of January. The Liberal government finally made the same move in late March, but it was too little too late.

 

Defending China’s Spreading of Misinformtaion about COVID 19

If you think Hajdu and Tan’s comments were really about stigmatizing people of Chinese descent, think again. In February, when other countries continued to their flight restrictions the CCP actually praised Canada for not banning flights from China.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/china-praises-canada-slams-u-s-over-coronavirus-response-1.4795270

Hajdu’s defence of China didn’t stop with border closures. When asked by a CTV reporter, in April of last year, if the WHO’s data on death and infection rates could be trusted given suspicions China’s data wasn’t reliable, Hadju accused the reporter of “feeding into conspiracy theories that people have been perpetuating on the Internet,”  Yet it was well known at the time that the CCP had detained and punished COVID 19 whistleblowers, that US intelligence was reporting that China had intentionally under-reported its numbers, and that China admitted it wasn’t counting asymptomatic positive cases in its infection rates. As late as September Hajdu was still defending China saying “all countries had trouble determining COVID 19 infection and death rates.” Finally in October, when interviewed on CTV’s Question Period, Hadju mildly relented on her defence saying that “If China wasn’t honest, then they should be held to account and should have a review of how they conducted themselves during the pandemic.” Tough talk, suggesting a corrupt dictatorship investigate itself!

 

Sixteen Tons of PPE Given to China, Shorting Canada’s Medical Community

In early February 2020, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) announced that Canada had shipped sixteen tons of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to China, free of charge. This, despite earlier warnings from the WHO that it expected further international spread and that countries should be prepared to deal with this while also forecasting severe disruptions in PPE supplies. When criticized GAC defended its decision saying the shipment was an effort to co-operate in the fight against the virus. Many disagreed including Amir Attaran, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Ottawa was shocked to learn of the shipment. “It was absolutely certain in early February that we would need this equipment,” he told the Globe and Mail, “This decision went beyond altruism into high negligence and incompetence because Canada did not, and does not have surplus equipment to spare.” 

 

He was right. As it was later discovered that Canada’s National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/emergency-preparedness-response/national-emergency-strategic-stockpile.html

had been so poorly managed that shelves of its warehouses were bare or remaining stocks had expired. This left Canada with a severe PPE shortage for front-line medical workers. So critical was the shortage that some hospitals had staff re-using single usage PPE. So embarrassing was the shortage that Dr. Tam discouraged Canadians from wearing facemasks warning they were not effective and even “dangerous” as they may cause people to touch their faces more and/or become over confident and careless. Ironically the shortage resulted in Canada having to buy sub-standard PPE from, guess who, China. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/ppe-import-china-shortage-1.5552426

Yet somehow, once Canada had managed to replenish its PPE stock for the second wave, the good Dr. Tam flip-flopped and first “recommended” masks be worn to finally moving towards mandating them for anyone visiting any public or commercial establishments.

 

Reluctance to Publicly Thank Taiwan for PPE Donation

Canada did receive PPE donations from other countries during the course of the first wave of the pandemic including Taiwan. An island nation that China refuses to recognize as a sovereign state. This seemed to cause our Global Affairs Minister Francois Champagne to be somewhat reluctant to publicly thank the Taiwanese government for the donation.  Things really got awkward when he was asked by Conservative MP Ed Fast, if he would “do the right thing” and thank Taiwan for its donation. In his response, Champagne repeatedly refused to name Taiwan, instead saying “Canada is grateful to all who have given supplies to Canada. This is a common endeavour.” Trudeau eventually issued a public thank you to Taiwan when more media began to draw attention to the matter. Still, this serves as another example of the Liberal government’s reluctance to do anything that might upset China.

 

Vaccine Development Parternership Deal with China

This was by far the most egregious and foolish move by Trudeau in his pandemic response gong show. In May of 2020, the Liberal government announced it had endorsed a partnership between the National Research Council (NRC) and CanSino Biologics (a Chinese-based vaccine company) and the Chinese military, to develop a COVID 19 vaccine. The Canadian Centre for Vaccinology in Nova Scotia was to work with CanSino to run the first clinical trials for a possible COVID 19 vaccine. Things went off the rails before the ink had dried on the contract  when China blocked customs clearance of shipments of early vaccine samples developed at CanSino to the Nova Scotia lab for further testing as part of the Canadian clinical trials. The partnership was finally nixed in late July when it became clear that those samples would never leave China. Yet, even though the Liberal government knew early on the deal was in trouble, it wasn’t until August that it quietyly announced the deal was off.

 

It gives one pause to wonder again, why the Liberal government felt such a partnership was the way to go with something as vital asv vaccines. Did they not think that given the Meng Wanzhou

situation it might cause China to use the deal as a negotiating tactic or to embarrass or punish Canada yet again? Beyond leaving Canadians wonder what motivated the Liberal to enter into

such an unstable partnership given the grim state of Canada-China relations and clear evidence of that the CCP had been less than honest about the spread and infectious nature of the virus, what are the consequences of Trudeau placing his trust in China? COVID 19 vaccine shortages for Canadians, because once the Liberal government initially secured the China deal, it did not  aggressively pursue orders from other vaccine developers around the world. It wasn’t until August that the Liberals started placing new orders with other vaccine manufacturers. By that

time, other countries, had already ordered over 1.2 billion doses putting Canadian late orders at the back of the queque.

 

Since the collapse of its China deal the Liberal government has managed to secure small shipments of vaccines that have already been plagued with delays and no clear guarantees on when, or how many, doses will arrive. Things have become so desparate that in early February the Liberal government placed an order with COVAX, a global vaccine sharing initiative managed by the WHO, that pools funds from wealthier countries to ensure poorer, developing countries have access to COVID 19 vaccines. It is another embarrassment, as Canada as a contributor to the fund, now has to go hat in hand to get vaccines supplies that were intended for poor countries. The only G7 country to do so. Canada now hovers in the thirty range out of forty countries when it comes to percentage of population vaccinated. Canadians, particularly those at the highest risk, such as residents of Long Term Care Facilities who have been desimated by the virus, will continue to die in alarming numbers as they await a vaccine they desparately need, thanks to Trudeau’s worrisome fondness and seeming faith in the “basic dictatorship” he so admires.

 

So What Does China Think of Trudeau?

So given all of Trudeau’s admiration for and genuflection to the CCP, what does China think of him. Well on his trip to China he earned the nickname “little potato”, which some believe is an affectionate moniker, while others not so much. Then there are other depictions that are not so flattering or beneign.  The February 6th edition of the  South China Post published an artist’s depiction of Trudeau as DC Comics Supervillain Harley Quinn. I will let readers draw their own conclusions on that.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3120822/chinese-artist-depicts-canadian-prime-minister-justin-trudeau

So given all of Trudeau’s admiration for and genuflection to the CCP, what does China think of him. Well on his trip to China he earned the nickname “little potato”, which some believe is an affectionate moniker, while others not so much. Then there are other depictions that are not so flattering or beneign.  The February 6th edition of the  South China Post published an artist’s depiction of Trudeau as DC Comics Supervillain Harley Quinn. I will let readers draw their own conclusions on that.

 

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3120822/chinese-artist-depicts-canadian-prime-minister-justin-trudeau

By: Roxanne Halverson
Former TBT anchor and reporter
Living in Ottawa (retired RCMP Senior Emergency Management Planner

Northern Ontario
Kenora, Rainy River, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Marathon, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario

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