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Why former spies and diplomats must have freedom to speak

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Trying to stifle the voices of experienced Canadians who are critical over what China is trying to do sounds a lot like what China does to its own citizens, does it not?

The Prime Minister's Office, pictured in Ottawa. There are a lot of Canadians who served our nation well and who have valuable contributions to make to help our citizenry understand complex realities. They must have the freedom to do so without government or civil service busybodies trying to narrow what they do, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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