EDITORIAL: Ambassador Cong: Apologize or leave

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We agree with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole in the wake of China’s ambassador to Canada threatening the safety of 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong, if Prime Minister grants political asylum to pro-democracy demonstrators there.

As O’Toole said, Trudeau should demand that Cong Peiwu publicly apologize, and send him packing if he won’t.

Cong’s thinly-veiled threat was conveyed to Canadians during a video press conference from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa last week.

“We strongly urge the Canadian side not (to) grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong, because it is … interference in China’s domestic affairs. And certainly it will embolden those violent criminals,” Cong said.

“So if the Canadian side really cares about the stability and the prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport-holders in Hong Kong, and the large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes.”

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