China unhappy as accused smuggler gets Canada permit
— China on Tuesday expressed its unhappiness at Canada's granting of a work
permit to a Chinese man accused by Beijing of being a smuggling kingpin.
Permission for Lai Changxing to get a job is another twist in a case that is
a thorn in relations between China and Canada. Ottawa has denied Mr. Lai
political asylum but it has also been blocked by the courts from sending him
“We are extremely concerned about the Canadian side's behaviour,” Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing.
“The Chinese government is unwavering and consistent in its position that
the fugitive Lai Changxing return to face trial under Chinese law. We have
already made serious representations to the Canadian side,” she added.
Mr. Lai fled to Canada with his family in 1999, just as Chinese police were
about to arrest him. He lives in Vancouver under limited house arrest.
He is suspected of having built a multibillion-dollar operation in which
Chinese officials were bribed to avoid paying taxes and duties on goods ranging
from fuel to cigarettes that were smuggled into China's southeastern province of
Fujian in the 1990s.
Mr. Lai has denied criminal wrongdoing and says that the allegations are
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said last week the country had little
choice but to grant the work permit.
The courts have ruled that people living in Canada under an order preventing
their removal have the right to get a job if they have no other means of
supporting themselves, Mr. Kenney said.
The Canadian government has supported China's bid to have Mr. Lai returned,
but has been unable to convince its own courts that China will honour a pledge
that Mr. Lai will not be executed or mistreated.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
What goes around comes around and, our courts have again, made a politically
correct decision rather than a legal decision, its smacks of their usual "nose
in the air", "other countries can't have our high standard of law", "they have a
backward corrupt state", while giving scant regard to the principles of justice.
Our judges regularly engage in conceited personal or politically correct
decisions rather than legal decisions, its part of Canada's sick legal system
that begins with politically appointed judges and a judicial council that does
nothing but act as a sanitizing agent to dispose of any and all complaints,
except of course those that cross the political line, but not a legal line, you
see, thats for a judge to decide about a judge and we all know that is unlikely
They have their own "code of silence" and "brotherhood" that operates more
effectively than the Hells Angels or any other criminal organization.
Sooner or later, Canada will pay a price, Canada will need the same favour from
the Chinese government and just what does Canada expect after such a humiliating
insult to their requests for extradition!
This has got to be one of the worst criminals to move from China to Canada and
it will only encourage more of the same.
Lets look at the Omar Khadr case, just look at the pitiful evidence that got him
sent to the US concentration Torture camp in Cuba, and here we have evidence at
a much higher standard but because the other country is China rather than the
United States, Canadian Judges decide to let a Criminal loose to live and work
We need to look at who the real criminals are, and perhaps that description lies
with those who made the decision to ignore the extradition request.