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View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
This meeting of the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations is called to order. We're now in the public part of the meeting.
Mr. Williamson has a motion.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
Mr. Oliphant.
View Robert Oliphant Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
As I said in the House on Friday, when the member for Steveston asked a question and as parliamentary secretary I responded, I hope everyone in the House shares the concern about this arrest. We accept the motion, and we would be happy to have a vote on it right away.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
We will go to the vote.
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: Thank you very much.
Now we'll proceed to the witnesses.
We have today, as an individual, Mr. Howard Balloch, former Canadian ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
We also welcome Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, former Canadian ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
Mr. Balloch, would you like to begin, please? You have 10 minutes.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Balloch.
Mr. Saint-Jacques.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Saint-Jacques.
We now go to the first round of questions or comments by members, a six-minute round.
Mr. Genuis.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
Mr. Fragiskatos.
View Peter Fragiskatos Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
This is the third or fourth time my friend Mr. Genuis has brought up or referred to matters of extradition. I know we have witnesses here, and I certainly have questions for them, but I think it's important, for his knowledge and for the committee's knowledge, to put things into context. I was able to dig up some information—before I am perhaps accused of bias by my colleague, it comes from the National Post—that under the previous Conservative government, 330 individuals were returned to China from Canada.
To quote from the article, “Documents obtained with an access to information request show prime minister Stephen Harper told Chinese leadership in 2014 that he was eager to collaborate on the return of fugitives.” In fact, China's ambassador to Canada at the time, Luo Zhaohui, praised the Harper government for this policy. Since Mr. Genuis referred to the word “extradition”, and has brought it up here several times in the past, I think it's important for our committee and for the record to reflect the entire context.
I will turn to Mr. Balloch first and then to Mr. Saint-Jacques on the same question around first principles. Both of you have said that the relationship between Canada and China is critically important. I want to begin by looking at a very general question. What is it, in both of your minds, that Canada and Canadians do not know about China that they ought to know? It is a very general question, but I think it is, in many ways, “the” question. We know the United States. They're our lead trade partner. We've had ongoing relations with them for so long. It's true that we have had ongoing relations with China for so long, but I think there are huge misunderstandings between our two countries. What is it we ought to know about China that we don't?
View Peter Fragiskatos Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much for that, Mr. Balloch.
I probably only have about 10 seconds, Mr. Saint-Jacques. Could you at some point in the hearing today expand on the argument you've brought up before? It is, and I'll quote you, “We also have to cultivate expertise on China in all areas of the public service to ensure a well-informed and more sophisticated China policy.”
If you could tell us how we can do that, it would be helpful.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Bergeron, you have the floor.
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Lib. (NS)
Mr. Harris.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
In 53 seconds, please.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Harris.
Now, for the second round of five minutes, we have Ms. Alleslev.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I'm sorry, the time is up.
Mr. Oliphant.
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