Stephen Chase and Robert Fife write, in the Globe and Mail, that “Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, a leading international champion of human rights, is blaming the Chinese government for the scale and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he believes transmission of the novel coronavirus could have been dramatically reduced if China had acted earlier … [and] … He also says the world would have been far more prepared to handle the outbreak if Chinese Communist Party officials had acted sooner, alleging government authorities covered up and hid early news of the outbreak … [therefore] … Mr. Cotler is urging Canada to impose Magnitsky-style sanctions on Chinese officials who mistreated or silenced whistleblowers, including medical staff and citizens, in the early days of the pandemic. The Sergei Magnitsky Law allows Canada to impose asset freezes and travel bans on human rights abusers around the world.“
Of course, we don’t expect the Trudeau regime to do anything like that. Why not? Well: first there is the matter of the two Michaels ~ Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor who have been held, improperly in Chinese prisons for over a year because Canada adhered to the rule of law regarding extradition requests; then, Lorne Gunter suggests, in the Toronto Sun, that it is Justin Trudeau’s obsession with securing a temporary, second class seat on the worthless UN Security Council that is preventing him from condemning China; and then there is a global response to Chinese aggression which seems, strangely, like what we saw in the late 1930s, except that this time the role of Winston Churchill is being played by an unlikely cast …
… that includes some prominent and outspoken Canadians who are flanked by some unlikely American allies.
The Globe journalists tell us that Mr. Cotler, 3rd from the left, above, between Erin O’Toole and Terry Glavin, “said China kept information from the public at a crucial early period and cited a British study by the University of Southampton which suggested that 95 per cent of infections could have been avoided if China had acted three weeks earlier … [specifically, he said that] … “We can target those who have been responsible for the disappearances of the doctors, such as Dr. Ai Fen, director of the emergency department at the Central Hospital of Wuhan, who has now disappeared” … [readers may recall that] … Dr. Fen shared her early concerns about the virus with colleagues and media. After Dr. Ai shared the information, eight doctors were arrested, including Li Wenliang, another whistleblower who later died of COVID-19.“
Of course, he’s right and I hope that many will take up his idea. But I expect that the Trudeau regime will fail to act for the reasons I mentioned above. Plus, the Trudeau Liberals’ own, failing globalist agenda is at stake.