Nov 19 2006
The silence is deafening.
Now that the Prime Minister has changed the rules of the game for dealing with China, the Conservatives’ ideological enemies have gone into hiding.
Stephen Harper’s recent broadside against the Chinese dictatorship: “I don’t think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values — our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights. They don’t want to sell that out to the almighty dollar.”
The Chinese government insists that human rights were not brought up during the APEC summit, but acknowledged that Harper brought up the case of Huseyin Celil, a Chinese-Canadian imprisoned in China on terrorism charges. That’s kind of like saying that they didn’t discuss the economy… it was just a lot of talk about exports, banking, stocks, interest rates, you know, that sort of thing.
Meanwhile, the Liberals are silent, or grumbling behind people’s backs that human rights is bad for business. The NDP, Canada’s so-called progressive party, by definition should be backing Harper’s stance. But from Jack Layton, we have… bupkis.
From the left, there’s the usual silence on this matter. So long as the human rights violations are not committed by the USA or Israel, it’s not worth mentioning.
It’s only been a few days since Harper made his “inflammatory” remarks, so it’s not too late for the rest of our elected representatives to say what they think. I’m not holding my breath.