Canadian News Jun 24, 2020 10:20 PM EST

SHAMEFUL: Canada's political elite pen letter urging Trudeau to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

A cohort of prominent former politicians and judges have sent a letter to Trudeau's Justice Minister saying that Canada should set aside the rule of law.

SHAMEFUL: Canada's political elite pen letter urging Trudeau to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC
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A cohort of prominent former politicians and judges have sent a letter to Trudeau's Justice Minister David Lametti saying that Canada should set aside the rule of law and end extradition proceedings for Meng Wanzhou.

This, according to the letter, would give Canada the opportunity to "re-define its strategic approach to China."

Those who signed the letter have said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has the authority to free the Huawei executive.

In a letter to Trudeau, the group said that "there is no question that the U.S. extradition request has put Canada in a difficult position."

"As prime minister, you face a difficult decision. Complying with the U.S. request has greatly antagonized China," they continued.

19 people signed this letter, saying that freeing Meng Wanzhou would also provide Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor an opportunity to be released by the Chinese state.

This letter was signed by a former Supreme Court justice, a former Liberal cabinet minister in Lloyd Axworthy, a former Conservative foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon, and a former Conservative senator.

The former NDP leader Ed Broadbent also signed the letter.

"We contend that the time is past due for the minister to do just that: to end the Meng extradition proceeding and to bring the two Michaels home," added the letter.

The group declared in their conclusion that the Justice Minister should act now before a judge rules over the case.

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