In terms of the national conversation Canada had in 1967, our 150th in 2017 was a missed opportunity.
Starting in 2012, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary Xi Jinping has been leading the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the world into a new Cold War, building off relentless campaigns of economic and industrial espionage since the 1980s.
Canada's institutions, Parliament and the Criminal Code among them, are not meeting the challenge posed by the expansionist CCP. Louis Huang's unresolved case shows what this means for PRC
Plan 200 is about the far-reaching conversation Canada needs to have in Xi Jinping's New Era, and the missing policy pieces that will successfully guide Canada through the CCP's new Cold War. The shift in public opinion since the CCP allowed COVID-19 to become a global pandemic has created ripe conditions for change.
1. Adopt legislation against foreign interference that criminalises covert, coercive or corrupt activity, and activity that interferes with democratic processes or intimidates Canadians. Ensure it covers efforts to groom pro-CCP candidates in municipal, provincial and federal elections. Establish a public foreign agent registry as part of this, and a body within law enforcement to be the primary frontline contact for individuals and groups facing harassment and intimidation linked to activism on human rights concerns in China. Follow India's lead and ban WeChat in Canada as it is a platform for CCP-linked vote-buying efforts and unregulated financial activity.
2. Amend the Criminal Code to criminalise industrial espionage and establish a commission that reports regularly, to the Canadian public, on Chinese economic and industrial espionage efforts in Canada. Make it a criminal offence to offer assistance, training or material support to PRC or Hong Kong law enforcement bodies or officers.
3. In July 2020, an Ipsos poll found 82% of Canadians opposed trade with China and 38% said end it altogether. Withdraw from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and introduce an initiative that allocates greater funding for Canadian companies to move supply chains out of China, ensures global supply chain resilience, and increases the number of industries off-limits from foreign investment. Pressure the United States to join CPTPP.
4. Ban Huawei hardware from Canada's telecommunications infrastructure.
5. Investigate and join global action on China’s ongoing genocide campaign against Uighurs in Xinjiang. [More here]
6. Introduce Magnitsky sanctions against PRC and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Listed persons will be banned from purchasing, owning or selling real estate in Canada. Offer immediate asylum to stateless Uyghurs. [More here]
7. Welcome asylum seekers from Hong Kong and evacuate Canadians from the city. Mandate British Columbia and Ontario to recognise teaching certification, training and experience received in Hong Kong prior to 2022. [Partial success]
8. Establish greater military, diplomatic, trade, security support and scientific relations relations with Taiwan. Adopt legislation that guarantees Canada's support for Taiwan in the event of a CCP attack or invasion.
9. Work with CANZUK International to establish free movement of citizens, free trade and foreign policy cooperation between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
10. Close the PRC consulate in Calgary and revoke the diplomatic status of Education and Qiaowu section employees at PRC missions across Canada. As a condition of remaining open, require PRC missions to Canada to immediately end all funding of and contact with Chinese Students and Scholars Associations or any student groups on Canadian campuses. Close all Confucius Institutes in Canada and launch an investigation into CCP influence on Canadian campuses. Ban all PRC state-funded students from doing post-secondary research in Canada.
11. Ban all PRC state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from accepting Canadian government service contracts or tenders. Revoke business licenses for PRC SOEs operating in Canada such as Bank of China and Poly Culture.
12. End all sister city relationships with PRC cities.