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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Letter: Let Harper Teach China a Lesson

Embassy, November 29th, 2006 - Finally, a prime minister who cares about people's rights! How refreshing and noble (Re: "Anti-China Groups Applaud PM's Stance on Human Rights" Nov. 22). The politicians on the Hill must still be in a state of shock over that one. "How dare a prime minister talk about human rights?" has become their new mantra lately. This makes one wonder how low people are willing to go to please China. Let's not bang our heads against the wall anymore over China's democratization–which hasn't happened as anticipated during the last decade.

It is ludicrous to think that Harper's human rights-tailored foreign policy means Canada will lose some key partners or make China's human rights record decline. How could China's human rights record possibly get any worse than it is already with widespread torture, live organ harvesting from Falun Gong members, and imprisonment of lawyers and reporters? If Harper can teach the brutal dictatorship a lesson or two, I'm all for that. It's clear that China needs our oil very badly, so isn't it their turn to sing and dance for us? Integrity is the key word of the day.

Marie Beaulieu
Victoria, BC

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