Scheer calls on Trudeau to be tougher on China in new letter
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer released a letter today addressed to Justin Trudeau, calling upon the prime minister to increase inspections of Chinese imports, and to examine the possibility of retaliatory tariffs against China.
Scheer’s demands come following the Xi Jinping administration’s suspension and obstruction of agricultural products. Last week, the Chinese government decided to suspend Canadian meat imports.
These actions on the part of the Xi Jinping administration follow Canada’s detainment of Meng Wanzhou, an executive to Huawei—a tech giant key in China’s efforts to modernize.
In Scheer’s letter he suggests that Trudeau launch a complaint to the World Trade Organization and to withdraw Canada from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
AIIB was granted observer status in the UN, following a decision that recognized its “relevance and contribution to the UN’s development mandate.” As Scheer comments, Trudeau’s government invested $256 million into the bank.
In his messages preliminary Scheer make any fraternal pretensions, accusing Trudeau of performing “the same, failed, business as usual approach—hosting garden parties in Beijing and shipping [Canadian] ministers off to China for photo opportunities eating ice cream.”
The Tory leader also commented on Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor currently being detained by Chinese officials. Many suspect they were apprehended in a retaliatory gesture against the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.
According to Global News, Trudeau was called “naive” Wednesday by the Chinese government for believing US president Donald Trump might help by bringing up the two Canadian detainees. Trudeau also had pull-aside conversations with Xi Pinjing at the recent G-20 summit, which he called “constructive as we move forward to resolve these challenges.”
Scheer finished by demanding a “show of strength” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accusing him of “weakness.”