Although Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet abstained in Monday’s vote, a majority of lawmakers – including many Liberals who participated in it – voted in favor of the motion, which was brought forward by the Party. conservative of the opposition.
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Garneau, was the only Cabinet minister to attend the vote in Parliament, officially abstaining “on behalf of the Government of Canada.”
Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole, who led the effort on the parliamentary vote, called on the Trudeau government to support this resolve, which, while symbolic, will not become government policy. “It is shameful that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government continue to refuse to label the horrific conduct of the Chinese Communist Party for what it is: genocide,” O’Toole said Monday.
Calls for an international investigation
In a statement released after Monday’s vote, Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau said the Trudeau government believes the allegations against China should be investigated by international experts.
“The Government of Canada takes any allegation of genocide extremely seriously. We have a responsibility to work with other members of the international community to ensure that such allegations are investigated by an independent international body. legal experts, “Garneau said in a statement on Monday. adding that a “credible investigation” should be launched by an international and independent body.
“The situation in Xinjiang is beyond pale. The reported abuses – which include torture, forced labor and forced sterilization of women – are extreme and they are significant,” Raab said during a speech to the Council of Ministers. United Nations Human Rights in Geneva.