Yesterday national award-winning journalists Stephen Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, reported that “Close to 50 Hong Kongers – many of whom took part in the massive demonstrations that began last year as China tightened its grip on the Asian city – are seeking asylum in Canada, citing harassment and brutality at the hands of police in the former British colony and fear of unjust prosecution.“
The world has watched, some of us in horror, as the Xi Jinping regime in Beijing has been attempting to, and, for now, anyway, has largely succeeded in hollowing out the institutions that have made Hong Kong one of the best cities in the world. We have also watched as the once highly regarded Hong Kong Police have “gone rogue” under Carrie Lam’s insipid ‘leadership,’ and have turned into a gang of armed, government thugs. Lawyers, civil servants and journalists have joined with ordinary Hong Kongers, young and old, to protest.
The decision to admit the “Forty-six people with Hong Kong citizenship [who have] applied for asylum claims between Jan 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020,” should be a “no brainer. Messers Chase and Fife tell us that “according to a source with knowledge of the matter … [who is not named because (s)he is not authorized to speak on the issue] … The claims, which are all pending, were received at airports, Canada Border Security Agency bureaus and Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada offices (IRCC) across the country.” In other words, unlike the thousands of illegal migrants that Justin Trudeau invited to Canada …
… these refugees are both legitimate, they are, it is perfectly clear, fleeing persecution, and they are making their applications legally and properly, at Canadian borer centres, rather than sneaking into the country illegally. So there should be no problem, right? This is, indeed, a “no brainer” for the Trudeau regime, right?
Well, apparently not.
The same two journalists report, today, in the Globe and Mail, that “Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, asked about dozens of asylum claims made by Hong Kong protesters in Canada, praised the rich contribution immigrants from this former British colony have made to this country but declined to indicate whether Ottawa would grant the applicants refuge … [and] … Ms. Freeland told media Monday that while she can’t comment on specific asylum claims, which she said need to be adjudicated “very carefully and very thoughtfully,” Canadians agree that migrants from Hong Kong have been a boon for this country.” That’s just more ‘word salad’ from another inept and dishonest Trudeau-Liberal minister who, it seems, is waiting for her marching order from the pro-Beijing lobby inside the Liberal Party that wants to do a deal with Xi Jinping to enhance Justin. Trudeau’s reelection chances.
There is no doubt that there are political difficulties, the article quotes Wenran Jiang, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, who said that “Canada should proceed cautiously … [because] … “If Ottawa officially encourages and offers political asylum to protesters in Hong Kong, even [if] some of them clearly broke the law by being violent, Beijing is likely to interpret such a move as interfering in China’s domestic affairs, leading to adding more chill to an already cold-bilateral relationship.”” But the laws that these people were accused of breaking were dug up from Hong Kong’s colonial past and were, clearly, designed to stifle political dissent.
Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to Beijing said that he “agrees that Beijing would be displeased if Canada were to grant asylum to Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates, but he also says they merit refuge … [adding that] … “Given what is happening in Hong Kong and the fact that China is encroaching more and more on the rights of Hong Kong citizens …. clearly these people have a legitimate [reason] to think that their rights will not be respected.”“
There are about 300,000 Canadian citizens living in Hong Kong. Many of them are worried about their socio-political and economic futures. But many of them also support liberty and democracy and, above all, the rule of law for Hong Kong because Hong Kong serves as an important gateway to China for Canada.
Just for once, just this once, the Trudeau regime needs to stand up for what’s right, not just for what’s politically expedient … but I doubt it will.