Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will maintain high standards as it negotiates an extradition treaty with China, while critics raise concerns about that country’s weak record on human rights.
“Canada has extremely high standards on extradition treaties,” Trudeau said to reporters at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa.
“We have a very, very rigorous process, that conforms with the expectations and values of Canadians, and that continues.”
The Liberals announced last week negotiations have begun on a treaty that would allow the Chinese government to pursue someone on Canadian soil for crimes committed in China.
The issue was raised Wednesday in Question Period, where Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose called Trudeau’s approach “shockingly naive.”
Trudeau and Ambrose spar over China in QP2:17
“Our allies like Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand don’t have treaties of this type with China,” Ambrose said.
“The Chinese government has orchestrated thousands of …
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