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Trudeau government’s effort to control message on China another clumsy hit

By Tim Powers      

When Canada looks like its mimicking message control approaches from the Chinese, we are failing in making the case that we are some virtuous democracy that should be listened to.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied his government directed former ambassador to China David Mulroney be pressured over his comments on China. Whatever happened here was at a minimum clumsy, perhaps conspiratorial, and ultimately more beneficial to the Chinese, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—As predicted, the “Gerry Butts returning to the Liberals” news cycle has passed, and this week’s obsession is that the Trudeau government has apparently been reaching out to former Canadian diplomats to China in an effort to co-ordinate messaging.

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