PRIME MINISTER DEFENDS EXTRADITION TREATY WITH CHINA
Sep 21, 2016
By Bob Komsic
Justin Trudeau stresses Canada will maintain high standards as it negotiates an extradition treaty with China.
Critics are concerned for dissidents given that country’s record on human rights.
In the Commons, Interim Tory Leader Rona Ambrose called the prime minister ”shockingly naive,” adding the Chinese government’s orchestrated thousands of cyberattacks against Canada, and according to CSIS and the RCMP, has sent foreign agents here without Canada’s permission.
Trudeau is defending a possible extradition treaty with China, ”we have a very, very rigorous process, that conforms with the expectations and values of Canadians.”
Chinese Premier Li Kegiang has arrived in Ottawa for a visit, three weeks after the prime minister was there.
They’re expected to talk about increased economic co-operation but human rights remains an issue.
The opposition has suggested the Trudeau government may have made concessions to China in order to secure the recent release of Canadian Kevin Garratt, who’d been detained there since 2014 and charged with spying and stealing state secrets.
Ottawa has said it made no concessions to bring Garratt back home.