Tories slam granting Huawei CFO’s family travel exemption
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Conservatives have condemned a decision to issue a travel exemption to Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s family to visit her in Canada. Immigration Canada has granted the husband and two children of detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou COVID-19 travel exemptions to visit her in Vancouver.
Meng is facing extradition to the United States on fraud charges – which she and Huawei deny – and remains under house arrest in Vancouver.
Meng’s lawyers stated in court last Tuesday that her husband Liu Xiaozong and two children applied for the exemption to travel from China at the end of 2020. Liu arrived in October and was followed by the children in December. They remain in Canada. “The Liberals rolled out the red carpet and granted a special travel exemption for the Huawei CFO’s family to reunite in time for the holidays. This is an insult to the millions of Canadians who were told by this government not to visit loved ones,” Raquel Dancho, Conservative Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said in a statement received by MEDIAinTORONTO.
Foreign nationals are currently barred from non-essential travel to Canada unless they are visiting immediate family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Meng Wanzhou is not a Canadian citizen and has not been a permanent resident since 2009. However, under the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, Immigration
Canada can grant travel exemptions for the purpose of reunification with an immediate family member who is in Canada on a temporary basis.
“The Liberal government broke their promise to Canadians and their families abroad who have been separated for nearly a year and unable to reunite because of the slow, uncompassionate family reunification process they put in place. The families of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig marked their second holiday season apart,” the lawmaker said.
“Meanwhile, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been denied basic human rights and detained in communist Chinese prisons for over two years, with limited access to their families and consular support. It is disappointing to see Justin Trudeau and his government continue their dangerous and naïve approach to Communist China. Canada and
Canadians deserve better,” she added. Kovrig and Spavor were arrested in China in December 2018 and later charged with espionage. The Canadian government calls their detention arbitrary and many in the diplomatic community view it as retaliation for the arrest of Meng.
Follow Raquel Dancho Conservative Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, MB. Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship