Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to acknowledge Taiwan's statehood, instead falling back on Canada's "One China Policy."
The "One China policy" is a policy asserting that there is only one sovereign state under the name China, as opposed to the idea that there are two states, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan), whose official names incorporate "China."
The gaffe came after Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer challenged Trudeau's notion that Taiwan should join the World Health Organization as a "non-state observer." There are currently zero non-state observers in the WHO, and only one in the United Nations, being Palestine.
"We will continue to recognize our One China Policy," said Trudeau, "but we will continue to advocate for Taiwan's meaningful inclusion in international bodies."
The WHO's allegiance to China has been seen on numerous occasions whether it be a top Canadian WHO official hanging up on a Hong Kong-based reporter after being asked about Taiwan, to the consistently incorrect reporting from the WHO, it's clear the organization has used their influence to put other nations behind the cue ball.