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Reply on behalf of the Hon. Erin O'Toole, MP

June 9, 2021 Dear Mr. Kennedy: On behalf of the Hon. Erin O’Toole, thank you for your correspondence. Mr. O’Toole greatly appreciates your kind words of support for his commitment to stand against foreign interference by the Chinese Communist regime. As you have noted, China’s government is intimidating Canadians here at home, particularly in the Chinese community. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and students on university campuses have been subjected to threats. These actions must be addressed. Though the House of Commons adopted a motion in November of 2020 that called on the government to introduce a plan to counter China’s growing foreign interference operations here in Canada, the Liberals have failed to act accordingly. The Trudeau government’s failure to comply with the motion undermines democratic norms, while failing to address threats to Canada from Communist China. It is time that the Trudeau government respected the will of Parliament. They must acknowledge that their approach to China is not working. They must also recognize the real threat that China is posing to Canada’s national interests and to our values. Conservatives understand that a robust plan is needed to counter the Chinese Communist regime’s intimidation operations, to increase enforcement, and to make it clear to China’s diplomats that any involvement in these operations is grounds to be declared persona non grata. Rest assured, Conservatives will continue to hold the Liberal government accountable on this issue. Once again, thank you for taking the time to write. Sincerely, Correspondence Unit Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition


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