Trudeau advisor and former bank governor Mark Carney, who was recently featured as a keynote speaker at the 2021 Liberal convention, appeared during the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on Thursday, where he could not answer if he believed there was an ongoing genocide taking place in China's Xinjiang region against the region's Uyghur minority.
The line of questioning came from Conservative Shadow Minister Pierre Poilievre, who pressed Carney on where his company was sourcing polysilicon for solar panel construction. China, and specifically the Xinjiang region of China, is the number one producer of the important material in the world.
After nothing that US lawmakers have voiced concerns that polysilicon is linked to work camps in the Xinjiang region, Poilievre asked Carney—who serves as the UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance—to promise that his company, Brookfield, would not source materials from the Xinjiang region. Carney said that he would ensure that his materials would not come from non-ethical supply chains.
Carney said that he did not believe his source was unethical, though he did not know for sure.
Poilievre would go on to ask why a Brookfield executive said they would move one-third of their operations to China—who is the number one producer of greenhouse gasses in the world.
Following Carney's answer, Poilievre asked if he believed if the Chinese government was perpetrating a government on the Uyghur people, to which Carney had no response.
"I'm focused on humanity ... I'm deeply concerned by the situation," said Carney, before time ran out on Poilievre's round of questioning.
According to a report by US-based thinktank The Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, The Chinese government has "breached every single article of the UN genocide convention in its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, and bears responsibility for committing genocide," reports The Guardian.
In February, Conservative MPs called on the Trudeau Liberals to act concretely on the Uyghur genocide after the House of Commons voted unanimously to condemn the actions ongoing in China's Xinjiang region. The Liberal cabinet abstained from the vote.