Over seven years ago, Justin Trudeau expressed his admiration for the Chinese “dictatorship” and their ability to change their economy “on a dime.”
He made the comments at a ladies-only fundraiser in Toronto. I thought it was just one of those flippant remarks that Trudeau got us used to.
However, looking at the relationship his government has had with the Chinese Communist regime since coming to power in 2015, I am no longer convinced that his remark was so offhand.
The truth is, Trudeau’s irrational desire to emulate, appease and associate with one of the world’s least trusted regimes is costing Canadians lives and a lot of money.
Two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, are arbitrarily detained by Chinese authorities, China has banned Canadian imports of pork and canola, the safety of Canadians in Hong Kong has been threatened by the Chinese Ambassador to Canada, all like that of Canadian parliamentarians.
Despite this, last year, Justin Trudeau saw fit to put all his faith in the communist regime he admires so much in the acquisition of vaccines for COVID-19. Why ?
The deal between the National Research Council of Canada and Chinese manufacturer CanSino, which would have allowed national production of a vaccine right here at a plant in Montreal, collapsed days after being announced when the Chinese government shut down. blocked shipments of vaccines to Canada for clinical trials.
It took months for Canadians to discover the collapse of the deal, but also for the Trudeau government to start looking for other contracts to buy vaccines.
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We now have the worst immunization record in the G7 with less than a million people vaccinated (2.4% of our total population, 39e in the world).
Britain, by comparison, has managed to develop a vaccine in its own country by partnering with private companies and has now vaccinated over 15.5 million people (23.4% of their total population, 4e in the world).
Justin Trudeau should have devised a similar strategy to encourage Canadian companies to develop a vaccine. He could have put in place measures like tax breaks and financial incentives to bring drug companies back to Canada and allocate buildings for vaccine production, as Britain did. He did not do anything.
He was talking about the possibilities offered by this pandemic, Trudeau missed the biggest opportunity of all.
He had the opportunity to harness and showcase the best scientific minds of this great nation, to capitalize on the free market and entrepreneurial spirit of Canada, to bring back some much needed jobs and, most importantly, to vaccinating Canadians in a faster way that not only would have saved more lives, but allowed us to get our economy back on its feet.
He chose to bet on China instead of betting on Canada and we are suffering the consequences.
Photo d’archives, Ben Pelosse
Leo Housakos, Senator