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For the week of Feb. 6, 2022: 

Canada is part of an international diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Politicians are skipping the event that human rights activists have called the Genocide Games, because of the mass-internment of Uyghur Muslims in China. 

Despite that, the mayor of Richmond, B.C. and a city councillor have expressed their support for Beijing 2022 at events with Xi Jinping’s top diplomat in Western Canada. They told a pro-Beijing TV channel that the Olympics should be free from politics. Podcast guest Ivy Li of Canadian Friends of Hong Kong says Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Coun. Alexa Loo both used the Olympics to boost their careers in public office. 

“Then they turn around to say that no one should use the Olympics to raise human rights issues,” Li said. “It’s very disingenuous.” 

Also on this edition: 

ResearchCo pollster Mario Canseco on surveys showing a declining confidence in Canadian governments to handle the pandemic and a declining interest in the Olympics because of host Beijing’s human rights record.

Highlights of former Canadian Ambassador to China David Mulroney’s testimony to the House of Commons national defence committee on the biggest threat to national security. Mulroney told MPs that Canada has what it takes to overcome the Chinese Communist Party’s meddling and bullying. 

“The best antidote to this is a healthy sense of confidence in who we are and what we have accomplished,” Mulroney said. 

Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.

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