Statement from Tim Houston on Nova Scotia’s Partnership with Fujian

This is the wrong time to announce any deal with China without acknowledging the unlawful imprisonment of Canadian citizens.

I understand the Premier has put a lot of time and work into this partnership, but there comes a point where governments should know when to walk away. 


I wholeheartedly believe this is the time to walk away.


Even as Canadians from coast to coast struggle with being separated from their families at Christmas, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor continue to be held arbitrarily, and are subjected to regular interrogations by the Chinese Communist Party without contact with the outside world.


We have no assurance that if any Nova Scotian set foot in Fujian, China that they would have any protection from random imprisonment at the hands of the Chinese government. 


Nova Scotians deserve to know whether Premier McNeil advocated on behalf of Mr. Spavor and Mr. Kovrig while packing up his office, and whether he is focused on the job he has now, or the job he wants.