Canada must ensure it is not buying slave-made goods from China, a panel of MPs said yesterday. According to Blacklock's Reporter, the Department of Public Works has said that it cannot be sure that PPE and other supplies were not made by Chinese forced labour.
“The Government of Canada should enhance its import control mechanisms to prevent products made with forced labour from entering the Canadian market,” a Commons foreign affairs subcommittee on international human rights wrote yesterday. “It is important for the Government of Canada to investigate potentially problematic sources of consumer goods and to take a strong stand against the use of forced labour, particularly when it involves Canadian companies.”.
Atrocities in China committed by the CCP continue to be an issue, as China is currently perpetrating the "largest mass detention of any minority community since the Holocaust."
"Survivors of the concentration camps describe deplorable conditions," the panel wrote.
“Witnesses that appeared before the subcommittee were adamant the atrocities committed by the Government of China amount to genocide as well as crimes against humanity,” wrote MPs. “Considering this evidence, the subcommittee notes the Government of Canada is not only responsible for punishing the crime of genocide, but for preventing one from occurring.”
Thus far, measures to ensure products are not made by slave labour include Chinese self-certification. A majority of the pandemic supplies in Canada have been purchased from China.
"The Government of Canada should conduct a review of its procurement practices to ensure it is not purchasing products manufactured through forced labour," MPs wrote. "It should also create legislation with respect to federal government procurement practices to strengthen transparency and oversight mechanisms, such as reporting to parliament, particularly as it relates to product origins, production and manufacturing."
“When you’re dealing with a very deep supply chain in a faraway country, getting line of sight into these types of questions is not an easy thing to do,” said Deputy Minister Bill Matthews. No Canadian inspector had visited any Chinese factories producing export goods.
Matthews said that the Trudeau Liberals are "not aware of any link" to slave labour. "We have proactively checked, [and] have not found anything."
“It scares me greatly that we’re relying on a corrupt, despotic government and a system that is imprisoning millions of people and using forced labour, and forced transfer of labour to cover it up, and we’re going to deal with it on ‘self-certify’,” said Edmonton West MP Kelly McCauley. “Please tell me I’m wrong here.”
“We do go back against all our contractors and check their track record in terms of any charges they have faced and if they’ve been found or pled guilty to charges,” said Deputy Matthews. “What charges?” replied MP McCauley. “Pled guilty to the Chinese regime charging them? It’s not breaking any laws in China to have forced labour.”
Canadians may have unintentionally supported slave labour in China through the purchasing of masks and pandemic supplies, The Department of Public Works admitted on July 24.