A Canadian senator who has frequently courted controversy for pro-Beijing remarks attended a ceremony celebrating 72 years of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule in Vancouver, BC. 

According to theBreaker.news, Senator Yuen Pau Woo appeared alongside Chinese Deputy Consul General Wang Chengjung at the October 2, 2021 ceremony which took place near the Vancouver 2010 Olympic centre. 

Woo attended the event only a week after Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were freed from Chinese prisons following a deal struck by US Justice Department prosecutors and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. 

The senator, who was appointed to the position by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016, was the only federal government representative to attend. 

Attendees took photographs in front of opposing Chinese and Canadian flags according to broadcasts on the Chinese government-linked channel Phoenix TV. 

The event was co-hosted by the Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations and the Canada Sichuanese Friendship Association which both have associations with the CCP’s foreign influence networks, the United Front. 

A few weeks ago, former Conservative cabinet minister and diplomat Chris Alexander called for the senator’s resignation after he promoted a column which claimed that Canada took Meng “hostage.” 

“The United States, assisted by Canada, took Meng hostage in the first place as part of its trade-and-technology war with China; Beijing swiftly retaliated by jailing the Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor,” the column wrote.

Alexander accused the senator of being a “mouthpiece for foreign propaganda” and violating his oath. 

“(Woo) has violated his oath as a Canadian Senator & should resign,” Alexander said on Twitter.

 “Mouthpieces for foreign propaganda, including those backed by China’s United Front Work Department, should have no place in Canada’s parliament.”

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