question period — Foreign Affairs

Canada-China Relations

November 30, 2021


[14:43]

Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Leader in the Senate.

Senator Gold, the Olympics are not only a sports venue but a political showcase. I’m wondering if we have any contingency plans if any one of our athletes is held up in any way by Chinese authorities. We have been treated dishonourably by a dishonest regime for the last three years and been lectured to by arrogant and pompous diplomats, and yet, here we are, still ready to send some of our greatest athletes into their domain.

Hon. Marc Gold (Government Representative in the Senate)
[14:44]

The Government of Canada, as I have stated before in this chamber, is deeply disturbed by many aspects of what is transpiring in China.

With regard to Canada’s participation, as I have mentioned as well, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees are independent from the Government of Canada. We are not alone in facing this particular challenge, and Canada will do everything it can to secure and protect the well-being of Canadian athletes, should they be in China.