OTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, says that it is “poorly expressed” when it was suggested that the financial director of Huawei Meng Wanzhou had a “defense” robust-to prevent his extradition to the United States.
In a report submitted at the end of the day, Thursday, Mr. McCallum noted that Canada has undertaken judicial proceedings “are fair, impartial and transparent” to Ms. Meng, and that these procedures allow for individuals to submit robust defense before the courts.
“I’m sorry that my remarks relating to the judicial proceedings in relation to Ms. Meng have sown confusion. I am badly expressed. They do not adequately reflect my position on the matter. As the government has clearly said, there has been no political intervention in this folder”, one can read in the statement.
“As Canada’s ambassador to China, I have no role to play in the evaluation of the arguments, nor to I decide on the extradition process. The priority of the government of Canada, as well as mine, is to obtain the release of the two Canadians detained arbitrarily in China and to ensure the protection of the rights of all our citizens. All the measures taken by our government are focused on their safety. This will remain our top priority until they can return home,” added Mr. McCallum.
Comments candid of John McCallum about the matter Meng Wanzhou had stared, wide many eyes and prompted numerous reactions, when some there had seen a political ploy to resolve the serious crisis in diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing.
During a press conference with the media chinese-speakers in the Toronto region, Mr McCallum had said that in his opinion, Ms. Meng has good legal arguments which could allow him to avoid extradition to the United States. He had even listed a few.
The leader of the conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, has jumped on the occasion to demand the dismissal of the ambassador in China for these statements. He denounced the fact that these comments could call into question the separation of powers political and legal.
The prime minister Justin Trudeau has rejected calls for the dismissal of John McCallum. It was felt that such a gesture would not help to speed up the release of two citizens detained by the chinese authorities.
In a press conference at New Brunswick, on Thursday, Justin Trudeau was asked about his intentions regarding possible sanctions or even the recall of its ambassador to Beijing.
Justin Trudeau said that the government’s attention is turned towards the return of the Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, as well as the respect of their rights.
The statements of Mr. McCallum, have marked a radical change compared to the firm public position of the Trudeau government, according to which the possible extradition of Meng Wanzhou follows a process that is independent and apolitical – which must be respected.
On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau said he expected that the financial director of Huawei defends himself fully to avoid being extradited to the United States, but he does not assume the solidity of its folder.
“We have known since the beginning how important it is to defend the rule of law, ensure the application in the integrity of the system of justice, has repeated Mr. Trudeau to journalists. Of course, it includes the right of any accused to defend themselves fully of the charges against her, and that is exactly what we expect in this case.”