Canada should recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, says Tory leader candidate Scott Hisson


Conservative leader candidate and MP Scott H. Hison said it was important to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state and that the “One China” policy was a “failure.”

“Taiwan is a vibrant democracy right next to China’s huge communist government. They are always underneath. [the regime’s] The bully’s tactics and threats, yet it’s a beacon to the world, “Aitchison told The Epoch Times in an interview.

“We need to confront those beacons. If we really believe in freedom, we also need to confront their freedom.”

Aichison, who represents the horse riding of Parry Sound Muscoca in Ontario, stated a “one-China” policy that sought to recognize the Chinese Communist Party as “the only legal government in China,” and Taiwan was part of China. It states that there is. It does not work.

“It’s also time to realize that one China policy has failed,” he said.

“For most of the 50 years, Canadian and Western foreign policy has assumed that increased trade and prosperity with China will lead to greater adherence to human rights and liberalization of the harsh edge of communism.” He said. statement June 21st. “We were wrong.”

Canada’s Current policy It does not recognize sovereignty with Taiwan and does not maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

“In line with one China policy, Canada maintains an informal but valuable economic, cultural, and person-to-person relationship with Taiwan,” the government said. Website..

In a statement, Mr. Hison said he would work with Canada’s allies and trading partners to welcome Taiwan to the trade agreement and support its efforts to join international organizations if elected Prime Minister.

Aitchison emphasized that Canada should not be naive in dealing with authoritarian nations, but instead should act boldly to ensure the freedom of future generations.

“China is a threat to a free international order. That’s true,” he said in an interview.

“And unless Canada and the countries that share our values ​​come together, our security and prosperity are also threatened unless we confront the Chinese Communist Party’s aggression and human rights abuses.”

“Our allies are forming a new alliance without us.”

Aitchison has postponed a ban on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies from Canada’s 5G networks, criticizing the Liberal government’s “weak response.”

“Something like Huawei’s ban-all our allies did it some time ago, and it took us too long,” he said. “Our allies are forming a new alliance without us because we are not reliable partners.”

Canada’s Huawei ban was announced on May 19. The move took place after all Five Eyes intelligence partners banned or announced the phasing out of Huawei’s equipment by domestic wireless operators. The Five Eyes alliance includes Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

September 15, 2021, White House publication Establishment of AUKUS, a defense pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to “deepen diplomatic, security and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed the exclusion of Canada from the agreement during the campaign suspension in Montreal the next day.

“We will continue to be strong members of the Five Eyes and share information and security approaches with our partners,” Trudeau said, whether Canada would lose in terms of the Defense Intelligence if it was not part of the alliance. I said when asked.

“This is a nuclear submarine deal, Canada is not currently or soon on the market, Australia is,” Trudeau said.

Aitchison says the prime minister’s job is to foster healthy relationships with allies and partners.

“Canada lags behind in all of these areas, including meeting 2% of our GDP spending on the military, meeting our commitment to NATO, and meeting our commitment to partner with NORAD,” he said. Said.

On June 20, Defense Minister Anita Anand announced NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), a joint headquarters for the federal government to invest $ 4.9 billion over six years to provide Canadian and US aerospace warning and protection. ) Has been announced to be upgraded. Continent.

In an interview with the Canadian press, Andrea Charron, one of Canada’s top experts on NORAD and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba, said Washington officials waited “at the end of patience” for Ottawa’s continental defense program. Said he was. Especially in the light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Online Censorship”, Divided Politics

Aitchison says he opposes Bill C-11, a liberal online streaming law.

“In the previous Congress, I was a member of the Heritage Committee and opposed their online censorship, and we are still in the fight,” he said.

Bill C-11 passed his third reading in the House of Representatives on June 21, earning 208-117 votes. Liberal, NDP, Brock defeated Conservative and Green MP Mike Morris. The bill is currently in front of the Senate.

In a tweet on June 16, Senator Leo Fusakos said the Senate would carry out a full investigation of the bill, despite the Liberal Party’s rush to pass Congress.

“The Trudeau government attempts to circumvent the democratic process and break through a flawed censorship bill. # C11 Without debate and debate, all Canadians should be offended, “says Fusakos. Said..

Aitchison, who joined federal politics in 2019, said Canadians are “desperate” in leadership to provide solutions instead of engaging in divisive politics.

“This is one of the things I regularly call out after arriving in Ottawa. I’m sick of the vitriols that Canadians hear in Ottawa as the partisans sway back and forth. [it],” He said.

“They really want to hear the solution to the problems they face every day, rather than calling each other their names.”

With economic growth and affordability a top priority, his government, if elected, will create more jobs for Canadians, attract properly-skilled immigrants to the country, and Canada’s ethical. He said he would consider exporting the produced oil and gas to the international market.

“So we need to be respectful and proactive, show Canadians a better way to govern, and show that they can be trusted to do it,” he said.

Omid Ghoreishi and Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.