Scheer: Trudeau hurt China re­la­tions with Lavs­cam

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

Mis­sis­sauga — con­ser­va­tive Leader an­drew scheer told a roundtable of jour­nal­ists from eth­nic me­dia out­lets that Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau caused fur­ther dam­age to canada’s stand­ing with china fol­low­ing the snclavalin af­fair.

scheer made the ar­gu­ment Tues­day as he fielded ques­tions — in­clud­ing sev­eral on canada’s strained re­la­tion­ship with china — from a cou­ple of dozen jour­nal­ists in subur­ban Toronto.

canada has been in a diplo­matic dis­pute with china since the ar­rest last de­cem­ber of huawei ex­ec­u­tive Meng Wanzhou in Van­cou­ver on an ex­tra­di­tion re­quest from the united states.

In the days that fol­lowed, china de­tained two cana­di­ans on es­pi­onage al­le­ga­tions, moves that Trudeau has called “ar­bi­trary.” china has also re­jected key cana­dian im­ports, in­clud­ing canola and pork.

scheer tried to draw con­nec­tions Tues­day among the china-canada dis­pute, the Meng case and a con­tro­versy that en­gulfed Trudeau’s govern­ment ear­lier this year. “I be­lieve that Trudeau re­ally did weaken our po­si­tion with china as it re­lates to the snclavalin scan­dal,” scheer said .

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