Canadian Parliamentarians Join 37-Country Coalition to Support Hong Kong

An international coalition of parliamentarians that includes Canadians is calling on governments around the world to unite against the national security law imposed on Hong Kong by the Chinese regime.

On June 1, a cross-party coalition of 760 parliamentarians and policymakers from 37 countries, including 180 Canadians, issued a statement decrying Beijings “unilateral introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong” and calling for sympathetic governments to unite against this “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”

Garnett Genuis, shadow minister for multiculturalism & Canada-China relations; NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh; Liberal MP Judy Sgro; Leona Alleslev, deputy leader of the Conservative Party and shadow minister of foreign affairs; and Conservative leadership candidates Erin OToole and Peter MacKay are among the Canadian signatories.

The Canadian signatories also include dozens of current and former MPs, four members of the Senate, and several former cabinet ministers such as former environment minister Peter Kent, former justice minister and attorney general Irwin Colter, Maxime Bernier, former foreign affairs minister and current leader of the Peoples Party of Canada, and former premier of Ontario and federal MP Bob Rae.

On May 28, Beijing passed a national security law that would grant its security apparatus the ability to operate in Hong Kong, effectively ending the “one country two systems” principle in place since 1997.

The move sparked widespread criticism as the law could be used to target people and groups suspected of sedition or other “threats” to safety and security, and follows recent arrests of many leading pro-democracy activists in the former British colony.

Several countries have since moved to counter Beijings aggression toward Hong Kong.

The U.S. has led the charge with a series of sweeping measures announced May 29: the revocation of Hong Kongs special status with the United States, sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials, the barring of Chinese graduate students tied to the Chinese military, and a review of Chinese companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.

Critics say Canada needs to do more to help Hong Kong at this critical time.

On Monday, human rights activists and federal politicians urged Ottawa to take further steps in response to the deepening crisis in Hong Kong, noting that any measures taken should include anticipation of the potential that a growinRead More – Source