I support the Government of Canada’s actions taken on July 3, 2020 in response to the People’s Republic of China's imposition of The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, referred to as the National Security Law.
The measures taken by the Government of Canada are in line with Canada’s values and the expectations of Canadians.
Canada is a country that advocates democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. It has the moral obligation to support Hong Kong people, and especially Canadians in Hong Kong, when the National Security Law threatens their freedom and human rights.
The government of the People’s Republic of China has unilaterally imposed the National Security Law, despite strong opposition from the international community. Indeed, the Hong Kong people were excluded from the process of making the National Security Law, and the definition of the crimes contained within (Chapter III) is ambiguous.
The National Security Law has also weakened the judiciary by giving too much power to The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government (Articles 52 to 57) and ultimately hurting the "One Country, Two Systems" principle agreed to in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
Coun. Chak Au