The Conservatives shadow minister for Canada-China relations says its important for Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne to appear before parliamentarians and answer questions related to his mortgage debt with the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China.
“He hasnt shown up to clarify this debt he has to the Chinese government or explain himself in terms of how, with this financial relationship with China, Canadians should trust him with navigating Canadas relationship with China,” Conservative MP Garnett Genuis told The Epoch Times.
Reports surfaced last week that Champagne owes a total of $1.2 million to the Bank of China on two mortgages. Observers say such financial obligations to the Beijing regime makes Champagne vulnerable, and its imperative that he clarifies whether there is a conflict of interest.
Genuis brought up the issue at a meeting of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic on June 15, in an intense exchange with Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez.
“What is the impact on the policy making? Three quarters of Canadians dont want Huawei involved in our 5G network, so will the minister put the interest of Canadians ahead of the interest of his creditors and say no to Huawei?” Genuis said at the session.
Rodriquez responded by saying that the information about the mortgage is available online.
“The colleague [Genuis] is trying to connect the dots, and you know, I dont know exactly where he is going from here, but everything is public,” he said.
Earlier, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer had asked Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland if she deems it appropriate to have “a minister of the crown owning an arm of the Chinese government over $1 million.”
Freeland defended Champagne, saying, “it has been clearly disclosed. Everyone is aware of it, including all relevant government agencies and our Ethics Commissioner, and Canadians have all the transparency they need.”
But Genuis says Champagne should show up before parliamentarians and answer for himself.
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