Stockwell Day, just beaming in China today:
"We're talking about the whole relationship. We're talking about the fact that China's economy will continue to grow this year and the opportunities for Canadian companies, for Canadian workers, are significant. And we want to make sure that those doors are open "
The international trade minister also dismissed suggestions that Canada has lagged behind other nations in cultivating new trade ties with China.
"Our two-way trade has been increasing every year up to and including 2008," he said, adding, "It's amazing what's happening over here. It's not just that businesses that are growing, they're actually growing cities here. They are building cities by the millions of people. And that means that they have infrastructure needs."
Sounds like a few dollars are there to be made for Canadian companies. Day sounds like his Liberal predecessors, arguing one needs to look at the "whole relationship" when it comes to our China policy.
A far cry from this sentiment, offered by the sanctimonious Prime Minister after Chinese President Hu Jintao "snubbed" him:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government will not abandon "important Canadian values" by toning down criticisms of China's human rights record to improve trade relations with Beijing
"I think Canadians want us to promote our trade relations worldwide, and we do that, but I don't think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values," Harper said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao won't meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Hanoi, which is being seen by some as a snub over Canada's criticism of China's human rights record.
"They don't want us to sell that out to the almighty dollar."
I guess the almighty dollar won out, unless I missed some human rights overtures from China.
Since this government took office, it's China policy has been largely criticized. The Chinese relationship was so strained, the state media deliberately published anything about Canada that put us in a bad light, PARTICULARLY the Conservative government. What's changed? A kind of sad, consistent effort, on a host of issues, to mirror the Obama administration approach to everything. If you want to know about Canada's direction, try the Washington Post or follow the White House press releases- it's almost like a window into the future.