The very prestigious Canada-China relations committee is back – National


The special committee on Canada-China relations established during the last session of Parliament will return as MPs return to work amid the surge in coronavirus cases.In a motion passed Wednesday with unanimous consent, MPs agreed to plans to implement remote voting and bring back a number of standing committees such as those responsible for studying health, access to information, finance and public safety, among others. .

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However, the Canada-China Relations Committee was specially created in December 2019 and was not assured of being able to resume its work once the House of Commons returned from prorogation, as was the case with standing committees.

The federal parties will have until October 6 to present the members of their caucus that they propose to sit on the committee, but it is not known when the committee will hold its next meeting.

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The committee often made the headlines during the previous session of Parliament.

The meetings included witnesses like Dominic Barton, Canada’s Ambassador to China, as well as Hong Kong civil rights activists who pleaded with the government to act as China imposed a draconian national security law that effectively removes Hong Kong autonomy.

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