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PECKFORD -- The Minister of Health said she had no reason to doubt the China death numbers. Let me help you out, Minister; China lied

Former Newfoundland Labrador Premier,
and now BC resident, Brian Peckford

Canada’s Ministers, and talk of China and WHO, is troubling.

I just heard the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, speak positively about China and the World Health Organization (WHO).

First China.

Surely government has learned that China, a communist, totalitarian state is not to be trusted. The Minister of Health said she had no reason to doubt the China death numbers.

Let me help you out, Minister. China lied about the outbreak of the Wuhan virus and its development; that’s a fact.

China imprisons minorities. Freedom does exist in China.

Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic all received defective medical supplies from China.

Luckily, the Minister of Foreign Affairs did say that he is talking to many governments.

Second.

The Ministers seem to really like WHO -- the World Health Organization.

I think the Ministers and Government should be careful. The head of WHO got his job in large measure because of China’s support. The head of WHO has spoken positively about China when it was clear that the country had withheld information on the virus, and has refused to release valuable information concerning the virus.

And the ministers should realize that the World Health Organization totally ignores Taiwan -- and more importantly -- that country’s experience with the virus which has been very positive compared to many other countries.

It’s troublesome that our government ministers have such views. Of course, their leader lauded China’s system a few years ago.

We seemed to have learned little.


In 1972, Brian Peckford was first elected, as a Progressive Conservative, to the Newfoundland Labrador House of Assembly -- he became Premier at the age of 36, holding the leadership of his party and government from 1979 to 1989.

Since leaving politics, early in 1989, Peckford has conducted public inquires for the governments of British Columbia and Canada, has served on numerous Boards including the CBC, and has been active in public affairs. 

Since 1993, he and his wife Carol have made British Columbia their home; they now live in Parksville, on Vancouver Island. He blogs at Peckford 42.

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