Letter: Which flag is Richmond candidate flying?

Dear Editor,

Re: “Meng arrest the ‘last straw: Chiu,News, Oct. 3

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So, Kenny Chiu, Conservative candidate for Steveston-Richmond East, is saying that he feels the Liberals have shown disrespect to China, and the arrest of Meng Wanzhou is the “last straw” for the Liberal party and Justin Trudeau.

This statement was made before  extradition hearings for Meng have been finalized and/or before any kind of court proceedings in the U.S. for Wanzhou have even started.

Wanzhou’s guilt, or innocence, has yet to be proven in a court of law. But, in the meantime, she is entitled to full protection under Canadian law and, despite her arrest, Wanzhou is able to live in one of her two luxury mansions in Vancouver.

She doesn’t appear to be suffering in any way, and has recently been showing up to court in Vancouver sporting four-inch stiletto heels and wearing designer dresses.

Meanwhile, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor continue to languish in a “black jail” in China.

They are subject to interrogation, and possibly torture, despite the fact there is no evidence of wrongdoing and no due process of law.

The arrests appear to be arbitrary, and in retaliation for Meng’s arrest in Canada.

Plus, a Canadian by the name of Huseyin Celil, born in China but of Uighur descent, who was arrested in Uzbekistan in 2006 at the request of the Chinese government, has been sentenced to approximately 32 years in a Chinese jail. His only crime appears to be that he was of Uighur descent.

So, what country is Mr. Chiu truly representing? Quite frankly, I find it mind-boggling that he thinks he represents Canadians, and has the audacity to run for public office.

Barb Coley

RICHMOND

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