The Chinese Leader scolded the Canadian Prime Minister for the press reporting details of their private conversations.
A member of the Candian Press Pool managed to catch a video of the awkward exchange at the G20 — much to the chagrin of Trudeau’s Chief of Staff, Katie Telford, whom you can see giving the reporter the side-eye three times at the end of the video.
Canadian journalist Annie Bergeron-Oliver of CTV News shared the video on Twitter.
In his meeting, Trudeau says he brought up Chinese interference “with our citizens” and that dialogue on that is important. Was this a power play? Trudeau responds saying China is a big player in the global economy and CAN needs to be able to engage directly and honestly.
— Annie Bergeron-Oliver (@AnnieClaireBO) November 16, 2022
“Everything we discussed has been leaked to the papers and that is not appropriate,” said Chairman Xi.
Trudeau replied saying the Canadian belief is in “free and open dialogue” while looking like a scolded puppy.
It’s difficult to hear what’s being said, so here’s one with captioning posted by Poso from Human Events.
BREAKING: Chairman Xi dresses down Justin Trudeau like a junior employee for leaking their private conversation to the media. Trudeau can barely walk after pic.twitter.com/QlRtbiBSIg
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 16, 2022
Trudeau was speaking to Xi privately about the recent headlines revealing that China has been meddling in Canadian elections targeting Conservative members of Parliament like… MP Michael Chong whose father emigrated from Hong Kong to Canada in the 1950s.
“… extensive Chinese meddling in the 2019 Canadian election. There are also credible reports of Beijing meddling in the 2021 election, in particular targeting China-critical Conservatives. What has the Trudeau government done about that? So far, nothing.“ https://t.co/sm2gHXUURR
— Michael Chong 🇨🇦 (@MichaelChongMP) November 12, 2022
Terry Glavin explains in the National Post how Trudeau has been trying to play both sides on this issue.
In the headlines, everything had been going swimmingly. The Guardian: “Trudeau raises ‘serious concerns’ about Chinese interference in talks with Xi.” Al Jazeera: “Canada’s Trudeau raises Chinese ‘interference’ in talks with Xi.” The BBC: “Trudeau accuses China of ‘aggressive’ election interference.”
That’s pretty good spin when you consider what the story was really about. It was about Global News revealing last week that for 10 months, Trudeau had been sitting on reports from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service disclosing an elaborate plot hatched out of China’s Toronto consulate that funded interference in 11 ridings during the 2019 federal election campaign.
It’s pretty good press, because it was so rich: Trudeau getting points for defending Canadian sovereignty after having invited and encouraged Beijing’s sordid influences in Canada’s economic and political life at every opportunity, ever since he was ushered into the Prime Minister’s Office in 2015 by Peter Harder, the head of the Canada-China Business Council, the guy Trudeau hired to lead his transition team and then elevated to lead the government side in the Senate…
…So again this week, Canada’s prime minister was reduced to having his ears boxed by the object of his unrequited affections, when all he was trying to do, the poor guy, was engage in a bit of grandstanding to mollify public opinion back in Canada.
Source: National Post
It was also reported in late September — though probably not brought up by Trudeau in his private tête-a-tête with Xi — that China has operating illegal police stations on Canadian soil to “monitor” Chinese nationals living in Canada. There are accusations that these “police” are attempting to implement Chinese law in Canada and are using harassment and intimidation tactics on Chinese ex-pats.
Members of the Conservative Party of Canada are making a lot of noise about the presence of unauthorized Chinese “police” in Canada that are a thumb in the eye to Canadian sovereignty. The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau… eh, not so much.
After learning that China operates three unofficial police stations to enforce Chinese law in Canada, my colleague, @MichaelChongMP , has asked a very specific question. Watch the Liberals' response, they have no idea how to defend Canada. #TrudeauMustGo pic.twitter.com/KGpft7PVyu
— Blaine Calkins (@BlaineFCalkins) October 6, 2022
This is also happening in the U.S., by the way.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 30, 2022
But it’s gotta be rough for Trudeau to be publicly shredded on camera like that while his lips are normally firmly attached to Xi Jinping’s backside.
After all, Trudeau does admire China’s “basic dictatorship”.
FLASHBACK: Trudeau says he admires China's "basic dictatorship" pic.twitter.com/o8SURxlnS3
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 15, 2022
Yeah, we saw that first-hand with the way that his government handled the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa.
Trudeau was probably hoping for kudos from Xi for his authoritarian measures during COVID and the way he invoked what are essentially war measures to clear out peaceful protesters whose presence actually brought crime down in downtown Ottawa by 90 percent.
Maybe if Trudeau builds enough quarantine camps and takes away more human rights during the next wave of COVID, he’ll be able to get a little doggie biscuit and a pat on the head from his buddy Xi.
We’ll have to wait and see. But with hospitals reaching capacity in Canada (again) and a shortage of children’s pain and fever medications in the country as RSV and the flu are spreading along with the multiple Omicron variants of the ‘Rona, we might see the rise of COVIDictator Trudeau again in reasonably short order.
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