“Free Trade” With China Would Endanger Canada’s National Security

As the Trudeau government seeks to sell out our country to China, other western countries are increasingly concerned by the danger to national security.

We know that Trudeau is trying to push Canada into a “free trade” deal with China. Such a deal would enrich the elites (bankers, CEOs, and well-connected politicians), while causing severe damage to Canadian workers, the middle class, small businesses, and Canadian industry.

Additionally, a deal with China would sell out our national security – something Trudeau has already shown himself willing to do.

Disturbingly, Trudeau’s push for free trade with China comes as other western nations are increasingly worried about the danger more trade with China poses to their national security – a danger that would be greatly expanded if Canada signed a free trade deal with that nation.

In an op-ed from the editors of Bloomberg (normally a publication that pushes for more and more free trade), there is a call for tougher scrutiny of trade with China.

Here are some key excerpts:

“Leaders from Washington to Brussels are increasingly troubled by the flood of Chinese money seeking acquisitions abroad, and asking themselves how best to respond. The answer is: more carefully.”

“It (China) openly aspires to build up both its military and national champions in industries of the future — partly by acquiring advanced Western technology. It has more money than any other country to apply to this goal: Its companies vastly increased their investments in the U.S. and EU last year, to $46 billion and $42 billion, respectively, and its government maintains close ties even to ostensibly private firms.”

“As a matter of policy, this push is notably one-sided: Tight restrictions apply to inbound investment, including requirements to share intellectual property. Above all, unlike previous rising economic powers, China is neither an ally nor a democracy: It hopes to rival the U.S. militarily in Asia and maybe beyond.”

“Meanwhile, the range of security concerns is growing. Many advanced civilian technologies now lend themselves to military application. Even companies with no apparent connection to security issues — such as MoneyGram International Inc., a Texas-based remittances firm that’s looking to sell itself to Ant Financial, the fintech company founded by Alibaba’s Jack Ma — may control a wealth of customer information that could be of great interest to Chinese spy agencies.”

While the editorial does make the usual elitist comment about opposing “protectionism,” at least it is addressing a key issue: Trade with China is one-sided, and they expect other countries to open their economies up in a way they never agree to themselves.

As a result, China gets to protect their industries, acquire advanced technology, and grow wealthier, while western nations lose manufacturing jobs and face increasing national security vulnerabilities.

The editorial says “regulators do need to broaden their scrutiny so that it more fully embraces sensitive technologies, cybersecurity and big data,” and also calls for tougher conditions to be met before deals go forward.

That is good advice, but it can go even further.

Canada should reject all trade of national security companies – or companies with relation to national security – with China. A company heavily involved in Canadian national security and Canadian military should not be allowed to be acquired by a foreign corporation.

In a dangerous world, Canada must reject the policies of the elites that would see our country get sold off piece by piece. We must protect our national security, protect our workers, and protect our country. That means rejecting free trade with China, and putting the interest of our nation first above all else.

Spencer Fernando

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2 comments Add yours
  1. Canadian elites are the kind of capitalists who will sell you the rope which will be used to hang them. Make no mistake, whether we sell out to the Americans or the Chinese, the result will be the same.

  2. The Liberals bitched and complained that Harper was selling Canada to China, and here we have the head bitcher now working hard to sell Canada to China. Leading edge laser companies in Quebec, A Vancouver advanced satellite communications technology company, a BC based Seniors Care corporation . We hear rumors of selling most of the airports to China.

    Stanford Place located in Parksville, BC, was part of the billion dollar package Trudeau sold to Anbang Insurance, a borderline criminal organization whose CEO is now in jail. Anbang is indirectly owned by the Chinese Government. Within a few months of the sale, staff were being abused and threatened, pension funds tampered with and payroll totally messed up. Twice now the poor staff have protested at their workplace, complaining of working conditions. What used to be one staff for about seven residents is now one to about fifteen. Some poor abused seniors now only get a bath every two weeks. It seems the Chinese are trying to get the staff to quit to be replaced with Chinese migrants and as current residents pass away, to be replaced with old Chinese. Where will Canadian Seniors go? Don’t ask Trudeau because he doesn’t care about Canada and Canadians.

    In any “free trade” agreement with China, they will want access to all the Canadian cmpany information, secrets and patents. Trudeau will support any attack by his Chinese friends, claiming violation of the free trade agreement, and force the Canadian company to submit to China.

    Trudeau is offensive and dangerous.

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