These questions are designed to help us find out the awareness levels, attitudes, policies and where the loyalty of our candidates lie when facing the issue of CCP’s infiltration and interference in Canada.
Choose the questions most relevant to your riding/province or of your most concern to ask your candidates. Ask them at the candidates’ meeting, when they knock on your door, or phone their office. Request the candidates to phone you back to discuss those issues.
(1) Freedoms, Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Early this year, Chemi Lhamo, a Tibetan-Canadian student was elected as student-union president of the University of Toronto (U of T). She received a torrent of online abuse, including wishing her death or being raped, from U of T students originally from the PRC.
About the same time at McMaster University, students from the PRC protested a talk by Uyghur activist Rukiye Turdush on the human rights abuse by China, accusing the event “promoted hatred’ against the PRC. They also reported the presentation to the Chinese consulate in Toronto.
In recent weeks, students from the PRC confronted pro-HK democracy event participants on Canadian campuses and destroying “Lennon Walls”.
Do you support mandatory orientation programs for all foreign students coming from non-democratic countries to study the philosophy and the value system of Canadian democracy? If so, would you advocate for federal funding to support such programs?
(2) The Uyghurs & others
The PRC has put millions of Uyghurs in the so called “re-education” camps in Xinjiang. As parents are being locked up in those camps, their children are being sent to orphanages despite their extended families are willing to care for them. Some China experts have called such exercises cultural assimilation or even genocide imposed on the Uyghurs by the PRC.
Would you consider this a gross abuse of human rights by the PRC? Would you condemn this publicly and openly during the campaign? Would you condemn this publicly and openly after your election to office?
Would you condemn similar cruel and discriminatory treatments of the ethnic, cultural, religious or political minorities under the authoritarian rule of the PRC, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, HongKongers, LGBTQs, faith followers, dissidents or the like?
(3) The Sergei Magnitsky Law
Many CCP elites and PRC government officials, such as Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and co-founder of Alibaba Jack Ma Yun, own properties and assets in Canada. Some even have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.
If elected, would you advocate for our federal government to apply the “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act” (the Sergei Magnitsky Law) to sanction officials of the PRC and Hong Kong who have committed gross human rights abuses?
(4) Hong Kong
In response to Beijing’s encroachment on the freedoms, civil liberties and the rule of law in Hong Kong, violating the PRC’s own promise of “one country, two systems” to HongKongers and its international agreement with the UK, the United States has brought in the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”. It is believed that the bill will be passed shortly.
Do you support Canada to bring in a similar bill to pressure the PRC to honour its international agreement with the UK, its promises to Hong Kong, and to discharge its duty as a United Nation member state?
Over 300,000 Canadians are living and working in Hong Kong. Since June this year, millions of Hong Kong residents protested against the extradition amendment bill, imposed on them by the authoritarian Beijing regime. They demand genuine universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into police brutality. However, the Hong Kong SAR government supports the police’s use of excessive force and the use of supposedly non-lethal weapons in lethal ways. The Hong Kong police have been given absolute power to beat up, arrest and torture protesters, social workers, lawmakers, journalists, first aiders and even bystanders. Their brutal and arbitrary arrests of citizens, including children as young as 10 years old; and their use of agent provocateurs have been widely condemned.
To protect Canadians and to uphold our Canadian core values, do you agree that the Canadian Government should immediately issue a strong statement condemning the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong police force?
Do you agree that Canada should apply our “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law)” on Hong Kong and Chinese officials who are responsible and have been complicit in the violation of the human rights of HongKongers?
(5) Nanjing Massacre vs. Tiananmen Massacre
The Nanjing Massacre was committed by the invading Japanese troops in the city of Nanjing of China from Dec 13, 1937 to early 1938. Canadian politicians from major political parties are pushing for Dec 13 to be recognized as the national day to remember Nanjing Massacre, despite the fact that this part of the Chinese history has very little to do with Canada. It should also be noted that this idea is fully endorsed and supported by the Chinese consulates across Canada.
The Tiananmen Massacre was committed by the ruling CCP in Beijing between June 3 to 4, 1989. Tanks rolled into the capital city to crush civilian’s call for anti-corruption and government accountability. In the nearby city of Hong Kong, citizens watched the crackdown in horror and many emigrated to Canada in the following years. The Tiananmen Massacre was the direct and indirect cause for two of Canada’s largest immigration waves, both related to 1989 and 1997 respectively, which have huge impacts on our community.
The iconic Tankman photo has been hailed internationally as a powerful symbol of human courage in fighting suppression. “Tiananmen Massacre”, “June 4” and “64” are banned internet search words inside the PRC until today, and citizens are forbidden to talk about it. Most young people born and raised under the PRC regime have never heard about the massacre.
Do you support a national day in Canada to remember the Nanjing Massacre? Why?
Do you support a national day in Canada to remember the Tiananmen Massacre? Why?