The Special Committee on Canada-China Relations (CACN) unanimously passed a motion in support of the Sino-Tibetan Dialogue on Tuesday before Parliament was prorogued.
The motion calls for talks between the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) with the intention of allowing Tibet to exercise genuine autonomy within the PRCs constitution.
The motion was initially proposed by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis on Aug. 6, when CTA president Dr Lobsang Sangay testified before the CACN.
Sangay recommended the committee to support a middle-way approach, a policy that allows genuine autonomy for Tibet while being part of the PRCs constitutional framework. In order for that to happen, he said, a dialogue between the representatives of the Dalai Lama and the PRC must take place.
He also compared the recent national security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong and the unity laws in Tibet.
“These laws are simply to undermine democratic values, undermine freedom of speech, and allow political oppression of the Tibetan people, environmental destruction of the Tibetan Plateau, and the economic marginalization of the Tibetan people,” Sangay said.
“All this is taking place primarily because the Chinese government has imposed, like Hong Kong, security laws, unity laws. These are used to undermine the freedom of the Tibetan people.”