OTTAWA – Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued a statement on Justin Trudeau’s flip flop on his approach to China:
“Justin Trudeau’s sudden change of heart on China is nothing more than a desperate election-year flip flop.
“After years of failed attempts to win favour with Beijing and months of doing nothing while China detains Canadian citizens and blocks important Canadian exports, Trudeau expects Canadians to believe he will suddenly and finally stand up to China with strength and resolve. Meanwhile, he refuses to pull Canadian tax dollars out of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This is empty rhetoric and a desperate and transparent political manoeuvre that China will see for exactly what it is.
“It is no coincidence that Trudeau’s flip flop comes on the eve of an election and only after Conservatives have clearly and consistently articulated a strong approach to China that puts Canada’s interests first.
“It’s worth noting that Trudeau is, at heart, an admirer of China’s ‘basic dictatorship.’ If he’s re-elected this fall, he will resume his policy of appeasement with China.
“Canadians should know that Trudeau’s sudden shift on China is simply not as advertised.”