Trudeau’s office trying to silence ex-diplomats on China, says opposition | Power & Politics
Trudeau’s office trying to silence ex-diplomats on China, says opposition | Power & Politics Trudeau’s office trying to silence ex-diplomats on China, says opposition | Power & PoliticsOnce again, we are seeing Justin Trudeau’s attempt to silence people as they try to talk about things that are happening at the prime minister’s office in the minister of global Affairs office have both denied and they said that it didn’t come from office. But we seen these denials before the federal government is facing allegations of inappropriate political interference. After two former ambassadors to China confirm the global Affairs Canada called them, they were making a boat assistant. Deputy Minister allegedly told the former ambassador’s. The government would like to speak with one voice on the issue. Is this political interference joining me now to discuss from Toronto to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Durham, Ariel Erin O’Toole is the conservative Foreign Affairs critic and in rimouski Quebec to all three of you. Thanks for joining us, I appreciate it doctors office until former ambassador to China, David mulrooney, to speak with one voice on China in reference not only to the Diplomatic dispute with that country, but also the upcoming election in this country. What I have been absolutely absolutely told with it with complete Clarity is there was no Direction, there was no influence and there is no engagement from out of the prime minister’s office or the Foreign Affairs Minister’s office to 2. Try to muzzle a former Diplomat and official to try to do that fully confident. Absolutely certain and I’ve been told very clearly that there was absolutely no inappropriate behavior and there was no activity. They could even be engaged as such. I don’t know people’s motivations, individual or of the government. Are you saying that he was a part of the government official? I don’t know what was said it would be, and I would absolutely would be inappropriate for the assistant Deputy minister, how to make any kind of comments either attributed the two of the prime minister’s office or to an official person. And that would be totally inappropriate. And I can’t speak on that conversation. Absolutely clear about is at the Prime Minister, the prime minister’s office, the minister and The Minister’s office was not involved in this. Absolutely not do I actually think that Canada is is more effective if we speak with one voice. Yes, I would would be very clear about saying that I’ll be very clear about saying that we will take advice from all parties from from former diplomats from current diplomats from akademiks from Business Leaders from University president, even from the conservatives of the NDP. If they have something constructive to offer about this relationship with China, but at the same time we were never attempt to direct an official, I had to tell them to do something that was political. If the government’s overarching intent its kind of help, inform former diplomats and academics of what they know, what they’re do I in solicit their advice to service? It is not a good thing. Reminds me of how the p.m. on the reply. false many many times and we’ve seen this before. In fact, you remember on the prime minister’s disastrous trip to India when there was some criticism coming out in the media. For it they sent O’Daniel John, the National Security adviser to run spin against media criticism of their foreign policy actions. So this is almost the same situation where two former Ambassador is not partisan. It all very prominent citizens who steadily have provided some criticisms, some advice: the government has ignored that list of ignored advice from experts from the conservatives 4/7 months. Primus has been failing on China, and everyone knows that now they’re trying to say you can’t speak up and you can’t speak out. You can’t criticize them and this whole voice narrative either failing so I know it’s not your. How do you know that this individual didn’t act, it possible that they were in office? Cassidy, snc-lavalin Warfare, vaschy, nobody believes the prime minister’s office. We also know. Mr. butts is back there and to me following Foreign Affairs following the India case, where they have the National Security advisor who usually speaks to nobody pushed to do media on damage control in the India trip. This is been a habit of this government, certainly not the clear and transparent and sunny ways. Government people thought it was going to be four years ago, so I would like to hear from more people, because if they win and told to Farmer ambassadors this did they go to university campuses. Did they go to other prominent voices and try and silence them? This should really trouble Canadians on the eve of an election can come from the prime minister’s office on background officials have from the prime minister’s office, and the and Yak have both said the same thing. Do you have a reason not to believe them from Anniston to get a minister who knows better, and you know it went when the minister in the conversation brings the fact that we have to pick with one voice, but we have to do it given electrical concerns? Are electoral that they table of context? That’S that’s. That’S really problem and it shows to meet at Hidden from public services coming from the prime minister’s office political party, not on behalf of the government, and to do to to make that call to ask someone to restrain their freedom of speech to fight the fact that They do have an expertise in the field; it is not something that would be undertaken without the political directions to do some desire to talk to diplomats and academics again like he said to solicit their opinions. I take Mr o’tools Point: that’s that there is a perception that that advice is not being followed at all is well, but has there ever been any attempt as part of that strategy to reach out to John McCallum or junkrat and talk to them about what they’ve Been saying about Canada’s relationship with China to everyone talking to diplomats, former diplomats, opinion leaders, academics, that’s what we do and I need to address some of the there are no tool would make this a political issue. We have lives in the balance in this issue. This is something that has our government. We have been engaged critically thoughtfully, carefully, diplomatically and appropriately and for them how to actually ask them to edit, and they did at it, because they’re trying to make political hay out of something. But if you are they not entitled to ask questions about the policy that your government has pursued with respect to China and ugly hoes of Canadian Farmers, it’s about lifting them up and say this is beyond politics. This is something that we should be doing at a United Way. They could be critical of us to paint something completely inappropriate terms with no evidence just casting aspersions and casting accusations with absolutely no Authority or credibility. Then we draw the line free bra, the line every say: Dives are at stake and livelihoods are in the wrist. It showed their pictures. You hurt your party hear from someone in the in the family and then removed, remove the added, and so is the point that your kind of overly politicize this one that the government is rightfully making trust at the ad. We are going to be holding the Trudeau government to account for their failures on the farm policy at front, in fact, has never been so alone. That’S what a former liberal Deputy Prime Minister for 7 months Bashi! In fact, you remember how they mocked us last December, when we said the Prime Minister will need to personally intervene here, because it wasn’t a regular con Consular case. The to Michaels were detained as a tit-for-tat diplomatic respond and the Prime Minister and Minister Freeland failed to reach out. They failed to manage expectations with respect to the arrest and we ask them to intervene quickly because we knew this could go very poorly for our citizens and Ferb. They failed and they actually haven’t even listened to our voice or the voices like Mister saint-jacques. Mr. Mulroney, who made specific references on sending a special Envoy getting talks, re-established, they’ve, ignored everyone, and now that criticism, they’re, saying you can’t criticize us. We should be one voice. John McCallum former senior minister of this government, former Ambassador, was in China asking them to help the Liberal Party a few weeks ago. So, if they’re calling former diplomats in asking them to run their comments by the pmo, what are they doing? Stockfetcher John McCallum John McCallum, said to China. Don’T criticize Canada or you’ll help the conservatives almost inviting foreign intervention the same time he was there. We had a liberal Minister, Miss train selling ice cream and acting like everything was going well in Beijing. It was, it was embarrassing quite frankly, so I think the government needs to do a reset. We’Ve said we would actually work on a bipartisan level with them with prominent Canadians like the ambassador’s they’re now trying to silent. We all want to see mr. Corrigan, misters favor returned home and then our export access opened up and if, if conservative can work solvit, when we form government in the fall, that’s going to be a priority. I don’t believe that if the estimate don’t call I’m saying that your drink is called by the prime minister’s office without them being the case officially from an experience, speech of a former official former diplomatic official was that knowledge on the situation were talking about the former Diplomats to China, ambassador of China, actually help the situation Kefir in this way. I know that the prime minister’s office and the minister of global Affairs office have both deny that this happened. They said that it didn’t come from their office, but we seen his denials before and in fact we Jordan entire spring of having bits and pieces of information I’m out over and over again, but exactly how deep, the Prime Minister his office, his former and now back Again advisor Gerald, but in terms of giving information in terms of covering up issue and in terms of trying to silence people as they want to tell the truth, the federal government is facing allegations of inappropriate political interference. After two former ambassador to China confirm the global Affairs, Canada called them public comments. They were making about the dispute with China. You just heard conservative MP, LisaRaye twinking is new allegations to the snc-lavalin affair in the spring, calling it a pattern of political interference by the prime minister’s office. So is that a fair conclusion and will the public make the same length but show the shoes time for the power panel in Toronto, managing director of McMillan Vantage Tim Murphy, everyone nice to see you I’m going to start with you, so we just had a panel Of empties on including, I robbed all offences the parliament, one of the primary for secretaries to foreign affairs minister Christopher, and he really insist that this was not the direction of the prime minister’s office. That, even though prime minister’s office was invoked in this conversation, that it was not condone that that didn’t come from them that we had on this route to land did not bite at that. What do you think less than a hundred days away from election, so the temperature start rising, and I saw that panel got a little heated. You know it’s kind of what you expect in the political gamesmanship running up to an election. I would say it kind of you know what, if you were doing this from the government perspective. You know another word from the liberal government perspective and wanting to have a unified voice. It’S a bit odd to send out an assistant Deputy minister to do it to have a conversation work with David when he was in government and and frankly he wouldn’t even do what you’re told him when he was in government and you paid him. So I and I know the government administer Freeman – would know these players intimately she’s been intimately involved in the file. I just seems like an odd thing for the government to of Da Nang for the pmo to do this. I can see you know the government wanting to say look where trying to please check in before. You make public comments because we’re at a sensitive point, and we all will know that you know China may not have quite the same understanding of the tuning in front of our political. You know operations as they do there, and so I could easily see a government thing look just before you say something to her at a critical point and check-in kind of thing. I think this is you know whether to use the shakes Shakespearean quote. It’S full of sound signifying nothing that kind of picked up on something that we’ve heard. The opposition Andrew talked about before serving the government talked about before and that is sort of drawing concern or Spotlight to what they are. Calling or characterizing isn’t over politicization elephant. Talk about that in the previous panel as well, that this voice is out of concern for the two committed to do: individuals who are detained in China and the way in which kind of Might perceive you know cleavages in the way Canady are acting. What do you think of that argument that we’ve developed? I think that does not leave a very good sound base. Thermoformed policy, I think that’s when the problems that happen here is one of the reasons we’re seeing former ambassadors and deputies and others freelancing on this issue. Is because they’ve not been effectively brought into the conversation to try and help solve the problem? They are abusing your best Minds in the best powers available to them to figure out how to fix it. Instead, what we seem to have now is a fractionalized, largely political response being driven by each of the parties. Is that, ultimately helpful? Probably not? Is it inevitable other days out likely is that we’ve got you in a bit in the panel? Is that David Mulroney, and initially how often – and in fact they usually say young cuz, you’re feeling said the right thing here? Canada is doing the right thing here. We really need to rely on the US things like that. So there are other people who have made it a bit harder for the government, namely John McCallum and and junkrat chant. We went from on the on the panel to saying the prime minister’s office didn’t do this to maybe the prime minister’s office. You know, according to Tim, would like to check in or director the conversation a little bit. He basically said that if they were asking to check in because of because of how serious the four when we speak about Foreign Affairs, we should speak with one Canadian, unified voice, there’s a difference between silence and critic and – and it’s becoming a pattern now and the Opposition opposition drew that pattern to a silencing of Judy Wilson Mark Normand and when something becomes a pattern, you don’t even start to question whether this is a government that said that they were going to do things differently or, frankly, not what you think of that. The office at Dayton Station is saying this is indicative of other behavior of this government. Do you think that will resonate with people that it sort of Tanks the idea that this wasn’t going to act in that way? I’M not saying it. I understand that tactics of the opposition – I think the reality is different than the view the opposition is advancing. I think, at the end of the day, I think this is an issue we’re fundamentally what Canadians 10 people brought home and kind of a return to a more normal relationship. That’S what we hope would be a more normal relationship with China and it’s complicated as difficult as a significantly changed player on the global Network. I think they view it as a as a complicated in challenging file, and I think they’ll understand the government. Trying to you know feel its way through it. At the end of the day, look there going to be differences of opinion. What the best thing for David has been occasionally critical of the government. Can we complimentary this notion of the government trying to kind of you know shut? The sentence is something I think the conservatives use for their base, but it’s not widely viewed outside that Globes on this and it’s it’s got its its it like, isn’t that the minister had to have those conversations with the or whether it’s on the Admiral Norman Affair. Why do they think that they can infect, go and intervening these issues or withdraw McAllen? I think it was. It comes to keep coming back to is that there’s just far too cozy relationship between some of the political cruising, some of the corporate ones, and we’ve certainly seen that it a sin to Laughlin and we’ve certainly seen that and they are believe whatever that’s. What receiving the Admiral Norman Affair, although not heading kind of full hearing of that it’s this coziness that I think is really causing question, and when you get a fracture like we’ve had now on where that starts to fall apart, I think you started seeing all the The teeth get there Opposition MPs have slammed the prime minister’s office following a Globe and Mail report that an assistant deputy minister told ex-diplomats the PMO wanted them to speak with one voice on China. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Oliphant denies the PMO was involved.
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