Michael addresses the situation in Hong Kong with a statement in the House of CommonsOctober 3, 2014
On October 3, 2014, Michael stood in the House of Commons to make a statement regarding the situation in Hong Kong. Please see the transcript of Michael’s statement below.
Hon. Michael Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Canadians, can trace their roots back to Hong Kong, my family included, and more Canadians live in Hong Kong than live in Prince Edward island, some 300,000 citizens.
The ties that bind Canada and Hong Kong are broad and deep, and we have a duty to those Canadian citizens in Hong Kong and an interest in the future of that great city.
In 1997, Canada endorsed the one county, two systems formula because it protected Hong Kong’s independent judiciary, affirmed the rule of law, secured personal liberties and provided a path to universal suffrage.
Protests in Hong Kong recently have demonstrated that many have concerns about the continuing independence of the judiciary, freedom of the press and the upcoming 2017 elections.
I urge all parties to this dispute to resolve their differences peacefully. I also urge all parties to uphold the letter and spirit of an independent judiciary, rule of law, personal liberties and democratic elections.