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MacKay says McCallum’s comments on Huawei extradition ‘incomprehensible’ and ‘unforgivable,’ may hurt Canada’s effort to seek allies

By Neil Moss & Jolson Lim      

The Liberal government has attempted to court international allies to speak up about the detention of two Canadians in China, amidst a proceeding to extradite a Huawei executive to the U.S. to stand trial for fraud.

Canada's ambassador to China John McCallum, a former MP and member of cabinet, has been criticized for his comments on the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. The Hill Times file photograph

Canada’s concerted strategy of seeking international support in the Huawei affair is well-intentioned but has so far led to few results, experts say, and the “damaging” comments on the extradition case made by Canada’s envoy to China, John McCallum, who was fired on Friday night by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, could ultimately disrupt the approach.

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