Has Justin Trudeau’s government abandoned Canada’s ally to the south in search of a partner in Communist China?
Secret documents obtained by Rebel News show that the Trudeau government seeks a “long-term defense and security relationship with China” and has offered the help of the Canadian Armed Forces to teach the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with winter survival training.
The documents, 34 pages released so far, show an internal debate between the Department of National Defence (DND), the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Liberal bureaucrats pushing the relationship with China.
The docs reveal that DND/CAF were “lukewarm about engaging” in peacekeeping and training activities as they risked “unintended and undesired knowledge transfer from Canada to the PLA.”
They also warned that “China remains reliant on the acquisition of foreign military technologies and weapons system to advance key aspects of its military modernization, including through cyber espionage and the unintended transfer of military and military-civilian dual-use technologies.”
Concern appeared to be shared among Canadian allies in the Five Eyes (Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA).
The suggestion from DND/CAF was that activities between Canada and China “focus on non-sensitive areas and must not undermine Canada’s national security or that of our like-minded partners and allies”.
They must also ensure Canada does not “enhance the PLA’s operational capabilities.”
The government’s response? That activities were a “leaders-level commitment” and the priority was maintaining a positive relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and PLA.
“Canada does not want to be the partner that is reducing normal bilateral interactions,” wrote Ian Shugart, who was the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time. Shugart is now serving as Trudeau’s deputy minister with the title Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada.
Ezra Levant of Rebel News broke the story earlier today and includes a detailed breakdown of the documents in the video below. We’ve also posted a copy of the documents for your own review.