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For the week of June 4, 2023:

Benedict Rogers came to Ottawa just in time for the latest chapter in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China Crisis.

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The author of “The China Nexus: 30 Years In and Around the Chinese Communist Party’s Tyranny” launched Hong Kong Watch Canada the same week that ex-Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and longtime NDP MP Jenny Kwan revealed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service told them how the Chinese Communist Party targeted them for intimidation. Canada’s spy agency met with them after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepted David Johnston’s recommendation against a public inquiry into Chinese government interference, citing national security. 

“You can have an inquiry where not everything that is presented to the inquiry body is made public and I can’t see a reason why that principle couldn’t be applied here,” Rogers told thePodcast host Bob Mackin. “So it does seem like the government and the prime minister have have something to hide or at least want to control and manage the process for political reasons.”

Rogers spoke with Mackin on June 2, two days before the 34th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Hong Kong is home to the biggest concentration of Canadians outside Canada, but Mainland China’s 2020 imposition of a national security law has spelled the end of the largest annual memorial for the victims.

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