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Ottawa can’t shirk responsibility in China-Taiwan Air Canada controversy

By J. Michael Cole      

The Trudeau government’s cowardly response to Air Canada’s decision to list Taiwan as part of China could damage Canada’s reputation abroad.

Canadian authorities can't pretend that Air Canada’s decision is solely the remit of its executives because Air Canada is a private firm. Though indeed private, Air Canada features the name Canada on its fuselage; it acts as a symbol abroad of Canada and its values, writes J. Michael Cole. Flickr photograph by BriYYZ

TAIPEI—The decision by Air Canada earlier this month to give in to Chinese pressure on international airlines and to refer to Taiwan as “Taipei, CN” on its website has caused a stir in political circles and drawn renewed attention to the need for Ottawa to stand up for the values that define Canadians.

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