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CanadaFreeland says McCallum ‘does not speak’ for feds after explosive China interview

18:21  11 july  2019
18:21  11 july  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Freeland calls ex-envoy's advice to China about election 'highly inappropriate'

Freeland calls ex-envoy's advice to China about election 'highly inappropriate' OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is seeking to distance the Trudeau government from its former ambassador to China, a day after he said he has warned Chinese officials that further punishments against Canada could help the opposition Conservatives win the fall election. Asked by reporters Thursday about John McCallum's remarks, Freeland said it's "highly inappropriate" for any Canadian to advise a foreign government on how it can influence an election result in Canada. Nor should any Canadian advise a foreign government on which electoral outcomes would be best for that government, she added.

A senior government official said Mr. McCallum has undermined Canada’s efforts to build an Mr. Trudeau spoke with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and French President Emmanuel Mr. Trudeau has not given a reason for Mr. McCallum ’s firing and the PMO did not respond to a request

It’s a shocking statement, even for a man who made some shocking statements during his political career. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, John McCallum said China should go easy on Canada over the Huawei case to help the Liberals in the coming election.

Freeland says McCallum ‘does not speak’ for feds after explosive China interview© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland speaks during a panel at the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada's fired former ambassador to China "does not speak" for the government after he described offering advice to Chinese officials on how their attacks on Canada could influence the fall election to a newspaper.

In an interview with Hong Kong's South China Morning Post published Wednesday, veteran Liberal John McCallum said he told China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that continuing to restrict Canadian exports to China would be politically beneficial to the Conservatives, who would take a much harder line on China than the governing Liberals.

Tories ask CSIS to probe ex-ambassador's comments about advice to China

Tories ask CSIS to probe ex-ambassador's comments about advice to China OTTAWA — Conservative MPs want Canada's intelligence agency to probe whether a former Canadian ambassador is encouraging China to interfere in the upcoming federal election. John McCallum was the ambassador to China from March 2017 until January 2019, when the Liberals fired him following a number of public comments that broke with the government's line on the detention of two Canadians in China. He's also a former Liberal MP and cabinet minister. China and Canada are locked in a battle following the December 2018 arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States, which wants her extradited to face fraud charges.

McCallum weighs in again on Meng extradition, a day after apologizing for earlier explosive Two, the ambassador was speaking for the government and at its behest, deliberately signalling a For his comments did not only dwell on the “strong arguments” Meng could make against her extradition.

Canada’s ambassador to China , John McCallum , says senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has a Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have said the A senior federal official, speaking on background because they were not authorized to speak publicly

READ MORE: McCallum reportedly warned China that hurting Canada ‘will help the Conservatives’

“Anything that is more negative against Canada will help the Conservatives, [who] are much less friendly to China than the Liberals,” McCallum was quoted as saying in the interview with the English-language newspaper.

“I hope and I don’t see any reason why things will get worse; it would be nice if things will get better between now and [Canada’s federal] election [in October].”

His explosive remarks quickly prompted accusations by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer that McCallum was offering an “invitation of foreign interference in the Canadian election.”

Freeland was asked from a conference on media freedom in London, U.K., about the remarks by McCallum, who was fired as ambassador to China in January 2019 after weighing in on the merits of the extradition case against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.

John McCallum's China Comments Should Be Investigated By CSIS, Conservatives Say

John McCallum's China Comments Should Be Investigated By CSIS, Conservatives Say OTTAWA — Conservatives want Canada’s spy service to investigate John McCallum, claiming comments the former ambassador made to Chinese officials constitute a “Liberal invitation” to interfere in the upcoming election. 

Freeland said Canada's ambassador to China , John McCallum , met with Kovrig, a former serving Canadian diplomat on leave from Global Affairs, in Beijing earlier today. Later Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told The Canadian Press that he was expecting diplomats in China to gain consular

Ms. Freeland said that Chinese officials, apparently in diplomatic contacts with their counterparts, had not framed Mr. Kovrig’s arrest as a “reprisal.” She said she had spoken to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the case earlier in the week, and had stressed that Canada was a “rule of law country.”

"Let me be extremely clear that Mr. McCallum does not speak in the name of the government of Canada," she responded, before addressing accusations that the remarks were an invitation for political interference.

"It is a very important issue and it is something that we, as a country, have to be prepared to defend ourselves against," she continued.

"In that context, I think that it is inappropriate for any Canadian to be advising any foreign government on ways it ought or ought not to behave to secure any particular election outcome in Canada."

More to come.

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