China, Fentanyl and the Opioid crisis in the USA and Canada: The Opium War in reverse.

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Behind the Liberals’ Latest China Approach

BY OMID GHOREISHI 
March 4, 2021 Updated: March 4, 2021

News Analysis 

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said publicly last week that China is a main source of the fentanyl that’s fuelling a deadly opioid crisis in Canada.

Blair’s remarks marked a shift in the Liberal government’s public tone on the fentanyl issue and China’s role. When asked by The Epoch Times for comment in the past, Blair’s ministry made no mention of China, merely saying the government is “committed to doing everything we can” to address the drug crisis. This stood in contrast to calls by the Opposition Conservatives and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for Ottawa to hold Beijing to account for the crisis.

Yet in his address at the parliamentary Canada-China relations committee on Feb. 25, Blair still refused to talk about Huawei and security concerns and whether the Chinese telecom giant with links to Beijing will be banned from Canada’s 5G networks.

“I’m obviously not going to talk about a specific company because our work is not relevant to a specific company, but rather to ensuring that we take the steps necessary to protect all Canadian interests,” he said in response to a question from a Conservative MP.

Blair’s carefully chosen words are consistent with the Liberals’ latest approach on the China file, where increasingly stronger language is used, but there are some lines that the government is not willing to cross.

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https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/the-opioid-crisis-the-united-states-and-canadas-fentanyl-epidemic

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