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Canada should have independent probe of SNC-Lavalin crisis

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The arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver under Canada’s extradition treaty with the United States has unleashed much discussion about the nature and scope of the rule of law in Canada and its complete absence in China.

Overwhelmingly, responsible Canadians have indicated that our federal justice department had, when requested, no choice under the treaty but to arrest Meng. This applied despite President Donald Trump’s ill-considered comment that he might withdraw the serious fraud charges against her if a trade deal could be reached with China. A U.S. justice department official replied that the department does justice, not trade.

Commentary on the plight of the two Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, imprisoned in China in direct response to Meng’s arrest and her release on bail, has properly focused on the harsh nature of the two men’s incarceration.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou – out on bail in Canada. Two Canadians remain incarcerated in China under trying conditions.

As in other totalitarian regimes, there is no rule of law in China because under Chinas’s constitution, the Communist party is above the law and does what its bosses and president-for-life Xi Jinping judge will best keep the regime in power.

Canadian lawyer and sinologist Clive Ansley practised law in Shanghai for 14 years until 2003, before........

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