A new survey conducted in Canada done by Maru Public Opinion has shown that a whopping 52% of the Canadians see China as the biggest security threat faced by Canada. The survey can be seen as a result of the eternal lasting trade wars and China kidnapping two high profile Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be oblivious to the sentiments of the Canadian public.
Canadian citizens see China as a danger to global security and human rights. Because of such perceptions, there are speculations regarding whether or not the Chinese telecom company, Huawei be allowed to construct Canada’s next-generation mobile networks. The executive Vice-President of Maru Public Opinion, John Wright explained the reason for such a negative attitude towards China by saying “The public, without the benefit of defence strategy and policy to review, have come to the conclusion themselves.”
He further said “And this is based on what they’ve seen, read, heard or personally experienced. So no matter what governments do, no matter what diplomatic envoys convey, the public has reached a full decision that China is a significant risk to Canada’s security.”
Mr Wright said that the respondents of the survey were likely informed by the general “accumulation of attacks” carried out by China, particularly on the cybersecurity front. The largest Chinese cyberattack on the Canadian cyber front was during the 2011 hack of the Finance Department, Treasury Board, Defence research and development which was responsible for an effective shutdown of government servers. Justin Trudeau ignored such actions and never took an aggressive stand against the actions of the CCP.
The threat of Chinese cyber-espionage has been highlighted by the experts especially in the areas of industries along with the concerns that the People’s Liberation Army of China is helping the Chinese firms to give them an upper hand. The companies and Army work hand in hand and often share sensitive information to support the Chinese agenda of world domination. The poll has also shown that Canadians are eager to take a more aggressive posture towards China.
A senior fellow at the Ottawa-based McDonald Laurier Institute, Charles Burton, stated that the Canadian public has become aware of the grave threat to national cybersecurity that China’s Huawei poses. People have become wary of the cyber threats that China’s involvement in Canada’s next-generation mobile networks poses.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now and again been criticised for his surrender towards Chinese President Xi Jinping. His government has shown no opposition or resistance to halt the activities of Huawei from installing the 5G technology in Canada even after experts have continuously raised concerns. Canada’s Liberal government, which champions itself on the human rights front, showed its true colours when it failed to define the massacre of the Uyghur Muslim community in the occupied area of East Turkestan as genocide.
Last month when Canada’s lower house voted to declare that China is committing genocide against more than a million Uighur Muslims in the East Turkestan region, Justin Trudeau and his cabinet remained absent from the voting. The House also voted in favour of calling on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympic Games from Beijing. The thing to be noted is that all the members from his party voted freely on the motion except Justin Trudeau and his cabinet members. The motion to condemn and freely name China as the perpetrator of crimes against humanity had found steam after Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had declared that Chinese policies in East Turkestan, which China calls Xinjiang, against the religious minorities constitute ‘crimes against humanity and genocide’. Even in the China-friendly Biden administration, no one could deny or skip the topic of China’s crimes. The statement given by Pompeo was reiterated by his successor Antony Blinken on his first day in office.
But despite the global efforts to hold China accountable for its crimes, Justin Trudeau has been adamant on either skipping the topic wholeheartedly or hesitating at using the word ‘genocide’ which he has called an ‘extremely loaded term’. He is intentionally looking away from the pressing issues that concern the safety of kidnapped Canadian citizens in China- the two Michaels.
Justin Trudeau’s bonhomie with Xi was exposed last year when a government document revealed that He had invited China’s PLA to send its troops to Ontario for cold-weather training in 2019 and he was reportedly unhappy when it was cancelled.
Ezra Levant, the founder of conservative news site Rebel News had claimed that PLA was deciding to send spies to Canada. Not only this, the two militaries were even engaged in 18 different joint projects in 2019 alone. The Levant said that ‘Canada is training Chinese generals in Canadian war colleges’. The Levant also said that the American administration under President Trump had warned about the training with China but the concerns were ignored by the Trudeau administration.