Inside the Canadian establishment's fight with Trudeau over China - 2020-06-25

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F253.png Inside the Canadian establishment's fight with Trudeau over China June 25, 2020, Paul Wells, Macleans

"To demonstrate to China that they can just arrest Canadians and they can get what they want out of Canada—even for us going against the independence of our judicial system—would be absolutely unacceptable."

Trudeau's remarks followed three astonishing days during which a growing list of prominent Canadians, from Kovrig's wife to legal experts to three former foreign-affairs ministers, urged Trudeau to have Justice Minister David Lametti use his lawful authority to end Meng's extradition process—thus trading her liberty for that of Kovrig and Spavor.

The full-court press to organize what would have amounted to a prisoner exchange, and the Prime Minister's forceful denial, illustrate a growing rift between Trudeau and an amorphous, superbly-connected Canadian establishment that usually expects Liberal prime ministers to follow its advice.

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