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Canada Parliament passes Conservative motion to create committee on Canada-China relations

06:50  11 december  2019
06:50  11 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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The Liberals opposed a special committee on China but were out-voted 171 to 148 on a motion to review all aspects of Ottawa’s strained bilateral relations with Beijing. “This motion would actually put into effect the kind of collaboration that Canadians wanted the government in Canada to be.

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Conservatives on Tuesday continued their push for the federal Liberal government to take a harder line in dealing with China.

Members of Parliament voted 171 to 148 in favour of a creating a special committee to re-evaluate virtually all aspects of Canada's relationship with China.

The motion, which was presented earlier in the day by the Official Opposition, initially wasn't expected to pass and is the latest push from the Tories to urge the government to take a firmer stance.

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All opposition MPs supported the Conservative motion to create a special committee to examine the Canada - China relationship , which passed by a vote China has also imposed a ban on Canadian canola and soybeans and had temporarily thrown up a barrier to imports of Canadian pork and beef.

Canada – China relations , or Sino-Canadian relations , officially dates back to 1942, when Canada sent an ambassador to China. Before then, Canada had been represented by the British ambassador.

All opposition MPs from the Bloc Quebecois, NDP and the Greens supported the motion to establish the committee. Former Liberal cabinet member and lone independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould also voted in favour of the committee, which would consist of six Liberals, four Conservatives, one Bloc Quebecois and one New Democrat.

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The combined opposition members would outnumber government members as a Liberal would have to chair the committee, and would only be allowed to vote in the event of a tie.

The committee would also be authorized to order Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Phillipe Champagne and Dominic Barton, Canada's ambassador to China, to appear as witnesses "from time to time" as it sees fit.

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It comes on the one-year anniversary of China's detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, which many have said appeared to be in retaliation for Canada honouring its extradition treaty with the U.S. in arresting Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters earlier Tuesday that both Kovrig and Spavor's cases were transferred to prosecutors, hinting at an upcoming trial for the two.

Their cases, which were sent for "review and prosecution in accordance with the law," are often carried out behind closed doors. In past cases, convictions were seen as a virtually certain.

Both Kovrig and Spavor have not had access to both lawyers and contact with family members, while Meng has been living under house in one of her two Vancouver mansions.

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Committees have the power to summons any person to appear before them to give evidence or produce documents. They may ask any person or institution to report to them and may receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. They play a crucial role in the law-making process.

If the Bill starts in the Commons the committee is able to take evidence from experts and interest groups from outside Parliament . A minority of Bills are dealt with by a Committee of the whole House (takes place on the floor of the House of Commons), with every MP able to take part.

On Monday, the Conservatives pressed the government in question period about why it has not yet made any decision on whether to ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.

The auction for a substantial part of that new network is expected next year.

But the Liberals have delayed the decision after initially promising that it would come before the election.

Tory MPs continued pressure during question period on Tuesday, as well, eventually culminating in the motion being put forward.

"Today the House is debating the most challenging foreign policy relationship Canada has at present — China," said Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole.

"The government has made serious missteps on security and trade issues with the Chinese government and is avoiding tough decisions when it comes to Huawei and other issues, so will the prime minister agree to a specialized all-party committee to review all aspects of the Canada-China relationship?"

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The Liberals have since said that Canada's relationship with China is "incredibly important," but that they were exploring all issues pertaining to human rights, democracy, trade and national security.

"They are and will remain our absolute priority. We will continue to work tirelessly to secure their immediate release and to stand up for them as a government and as Canadians," said Minister of International Development Karina Gould during question period Tuesday.

"We are grateful to the many countries around the world that have expressed support for Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor."

— With files from The Canadian Press

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