Trudeau appointed BC Senator Yuen Pau Woo said that Canada should be careful in its criticism of China over its treatment of Uyghurs, because of Canada's history in its treatment of Indigenous communities.
"The fact that China does not share our view of individual freedoms or, indeed, our interpretation of freedoms based on the Charter is not a basis on which to lecture the Chinese on how they should govern themselves," said Woo, according to CBC.
Woo would also say that China's treatment of Muslims were similar to that of Canada's treatment of its Indigenous population.
In consideration of atrocities such as forced sterilizations, relocations, and other violations, Woo said that Canada "did all of those things, and we did them throughout our short history as a country, most appallingly to Indigenous peoples, but also to recent immigrants and minority groups who were deemed undesirable, untrustworthy or just un-Canadian."
Woo's comments echo those of the Communist regime, which came as Canada went before the UN Human Rights Council, calling on China to open up to international observers to see first hand its treatment of the Uyghur peoples in Xinjiang province.
This prompted a response from China, who attacked Canada over its treatment of the Indigenous. The statements came shortly after the findings of 215 unmarked children's graves at a residential school in Kamloops.
The Trudeau-nominated Senator has been in the spotlight in recent years for his unabashed support of China's regime. In April, Woo tweeted in support of the release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, calling for both Canada and China to recognize "the legitimacy of each other's judicial system."
Woo, who was once the President of a Vancouver-based think-tank dedicated to Canada-Asia relations, said at the time that unless the BC high court decides "to release Ms. Meng, the final settlement of the case will be political."
"Everything that happened before this was just a long tug of war. This inference also applies to the detention cases of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig," Woo said, saying that mutual recognition of legitimacy needed to be achieved with "solutions under their own systems."
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