Trudeau environment minister set to visit China for meeting with CCP-controlled eco group

by David Krayden

Guilbeault will be in Beijing from August 26 to 31.

Liberal Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault will be in Beijing from August 26 to 31, during which time he is expected to liaise with an environmental group that is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Guilbeault serves as executive vice chairperson at the organization in question, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development,

The Conservative Party has urged Guilbeault to resign from that position, suggesting it presents a clear conflict of interest.

“Not only has China wrongfully detained our citizens and meddled in our democracy but it’s now using our good name to burnish its reputation on the environment,” Conservative foreign affairs critic and victim of Beijing’s intimidation Michael Chong told the Globe and Mail on August 17.

“We need to engage with China,” he continued. “We need to indicate our point of view to them, but a Canadian minister of the Crown should not be sitting as executive vice-chairperson and giving it the prestige of Canada’s good name on environmental issues while at the same time China is massively increasing construction of coal-fired plants.”

The CCICED mission includes the promotion of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a foreign-investment scheme that critics say puts vulnerable nations in debt so China can exploit their infrastructure.

The executive chairman of this self-proclaimed environmental advisory council is Ding Xuexiang, the number six person of importance in the CPP Politburo who has also served as chief of staff to Chinese dictator Xi Jinping.

He’s responsible for the imprisonment of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and helped to organize Beijing’s interference in Canadian elections, its spying on a prominent Member of Parliament, and its intimidation of Chinese Canadians.


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