In a year when China repeatedly threatened and insulted Canada, the Trudeau government gave the Chinese communist regime millions in aid money.
According to data uncovered by Blacklock’s Reporter, Canada gave China $41 million worth of foreign aid in 2019.
China has an economy worth $13 trillion and has spent billions on a national space program and nuclear weapons.
While most of the funds were distributed through third-party organizations such as the World Bank, at least $1.6 million came directly from Environment Canada.
“Canada and China continue to build on a long-standing history of collaboration on the environment and climate change,” then-Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said.
“Pollution knows no borders.”
Since December 2018 Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been in a Chinese prison on charges of stealing “state secrets.” Their arrests are widely believed to be retribution for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
Despite Canada providing China with millions in aid money and recent donations of medical supplies, China has made it clear that Canada-China relations will remain strained so long as Meng is under house arrest.
Throughout 2019, China repeatedly insulted Canada in a wave of aggression motivated by the arrest of Meng.
One government spokesman warned of “consequences” for helping the United States in their proceedings against Meng. China’s then-ambassador to Canada also claimed the arrest of Meng was motivated by “white supremacy” on the part of Canada.
In 2019, China banned Canadian meat and canola, citing unspecific health concerns. The bans lasted several months before China allowed Canadian products again near the end of the year.