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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Baird glossing over human rights in China, persecution of Falun Gong

by Marie Beaulieu - Baird's trip to China is nothing but a classic case of throwing out the baby with the bath water when it comes to human rights. The Foreign Minister has now affirmed that the Canadian government is looking at human rights issues eye-to-eye with the Chinese Communist officials. Last time I checked there were no human rights in China.

Most Canadians expect democratic values to be blended equally with trade on diplomatic missions. For instance, to simply flash by the communist officials a list of human rights violations is not enough for those officials to take action in stopping the gross persecution of Falun Gong for example, or the crackdown on lawyers. Where is the consistency and principled agenda that Tories promised Canadians?

More at London Free Press

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