STATEMENT ON HONG KONG
July 3, 2020
In 1997, Hong Kong was peacefully transitioned from a British colony to oversight by the Peoples’ Republic of China, pursuant to the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984. The declaration was registered with the United Nations, stipulating that Hong Kong's existing capitalist system and way of life would be unchanged until 2047. The Joint Declaration requires these basic policies to be written in the Hong Kong Basic Law.
On June 30, 2020, the "Hong Kong National Security Law" was passed, which violates this Declaration and the democratic rights of Hong Kong’s citizens. One of democracy’s most basic tenets – the rule of law – is being scraped away, as if it is gum under the Communist Party of China’s shoe.
Canada needs to work with its Commonwealth partners around the globe to ensure that Hong Kong's citizens can continue to pursue economic and political freedoms in an open democracy.