As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, several MPs say Canada should join its allies in calling for an international, independent inquiry into the Chinese Communist Partys handling of the outbreak and hold the regime accountable for its actions that led to the pandemic.
“An investigation has to take place, and we need to make sure that everybody understands the gravity of whats happened and also start talking about the consequences that the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] will face,” MP James Bezan, the Conservative shadow minister for national defence, said in an interview.
“As long as the regime in Beijing withholds that type of information, its going to slow down the progress in getting a cure [for COVID-19] in place in time to save lives, and to allow us to get our economy back to normal,” he added.
“We need to work with other international organizations and allies in holding the government of China to account.”
Conservative MP Peter Kent, a former environment minister, agrees. He said that now is time for democracies, including Canada, to come together to hold China accountable for the pandemic against a backdrop of the regimes many other ongoing human rights violations.
“International public opinion is demanding a reckoning for China, and I can only say its not happening soon enough,” he said.
“The democracies have to work together. They have to bring to the consciousness of those in power in Beijing that the world will no longer tolerate this belligerent, imperial, brutal human-rights abusing member of the international community.”
Both CCP and WHO Under Scrutiny
Last month, Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on all World Health Organization (WHO) member nations to support an independent inquiry into Beijings handling of the outbreak, the viruss origins and spread, as well as the WHOs response.
U.S. President Donald Trumps administration has also urged other governments to back the probe. This week the European Unions 27 member states announced they would back the inquiry, and the EU will co-sponsor a resolution calling for an independent review when the World Health Assembly meets on May 18.
The calls come amid increasing evidence that Beijing deliberately concealed information about the virus for weeks, which allowed it to spread globally, while hoarding large amounts of personal protective gear, including two billion masks.
Questions are also being raised about the Chinese regimes influence within the WHO, in light of the organizations failure to warn other countries of early evidence of the Wuhan outbreak. WHO relied on questionable data from the regime and continued to praise its response to the outbreak.
Conservative MP Michael Cooper is among those looking for answers.
“Theres no question that there is Chinese influence on the WHO. And I would submit that, the WHO has allowed politics to override considerations of global public health,” Cooper said.
“Therefore, the WHO has failed to fulfill its mandate and has contributed significantly to the global catastrophe that we are dealing with today from a public health standpoint and all of the socioeconomic implications that followed.”
Canadian Governments Stance Questioned
Canada has not said whether it will support an inquiry.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu said May 4 that the federal government will remain focused on navigating the country out of the COVID-19 crisis before investigating the origins of the virus. Hajdu stated previously that Canada is “open to” reviewing the WHOs actions in response to the pandemic.
As Beijings mishandling of the outbreak comes under increased international scrutiny, the federal government has so far avoided any criticism of China or the WHO.
Cooper questioned why Canadian officials continue to stand by the Chinese regime and the WHO.
“In the face of a record of gross mismanagement, negligence, and I would dare say corruption by the WHO, its legitimate to ask the [Canadian] government why they would be taking such a stand.”
The Canadian government is in fact getting applause from the communist regime for its stand.
On May 1, Chinas envoy in Ottawa, Cong Peiwu, praised Canadas “cool-headed” cooperation on battling the pandemic and condemned the United States for “smearing” his country over COVID-19.
As reported previously by The Epoch Times, the Wuhan Health Commission originally stated that the first patient exhibited symptoms in early December but only revealed the outbreak to the public on Dec. 31, 2019. The authorities also initially denied that the disease could be transmitted between humans, although Taiwan officials said they warned the WHO of human-to-human transmission as early as Dec. 31 based on their own investigations.
Rethinking Canada-China Relations
As nations are forced to reflect on what type of relationship they will pursue with the CCP once the pandemic is over, some parliamentarians say Canada needs to seriously rethink its approach.
“Canadas business as usual with mainland China should end,” said Conservative MP John Williamson.
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