Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s famous line about admiring China for its “basic dictatorship” has taken on renewed meaning in recent days.
Now that Canada is learning exactly what that basic dictatorship can do to us, they’re not liking what they’re seeing.
Following Canadian authorities’ arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States, the government in Beijing has been, step by step, turning the screws on us.
Their disproportionate response included arresting not one but two Canadians for dubious reasons and drudging up an old case of a Canadian already sentenced to 15 years in prison back in 2016 and re-sentencing him — without fresh evidence — to the death penalty.
When Trudeau and other members of the Liberal government spoke out about this, China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry denounced Trudeau’s “irresponsible remarks.”
“We urge Canada to respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct its mistakes, and stop publishing irresponsible remarks,” said Hua Chunying, a spokesman for the ministry.
As if that hypocritical language wasn’t gutsy enough, what Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to Canada, said was even worse.