Statement in anticipation of the Prime Minister’s first meeting with the President of China, Xi Jinping

November 13, 2015

THORNHILL, ON - The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C. Member of Parliament for Thornhill and Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong today released the following statement in anticipation of the Prime Minister’s first meeting with the President of China, Xi Jinping:

“In anticipation of Prime Minister Trudeau's initial meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and, as Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, I respectfully call on our new PM to continue Canada's clear communication of human rights concerns in China.”

“Under the presidency of Jiang Zemin, China began brutal persecution of the spiritual exercise discipline known as Falun Dafa or Falun Gong in 1999. The ruthless, deadly, extra-judicial campaign that ensued was powerfully documented in the 2006 Kilgour-Matas Report and updated in the 2009 publication, ‘Bloody Harvest - The killing of Falun Gong for their organs’.”

“We have seen many positive changes in China in recent years. Under President Xi, the Communist Party has implemented reforms which, among other things, have enabled many thousands of Chinese citizens to take legal action in the form of criminal complaints, against Jiang Zemin.”

“The allegations are very serious: torture, rape, murder, genocide, state-sanctioned organ harvesting and trafficking, forced labour, and more. (As of September, 2015, some 180 thousand criminal complaints have been filed with Chinese courts).”

“At the same time, there is abundant evidence that persecution of Falun Gong practitioners continues.”

“Again, as Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, a Parliamentary group of MPs and Senators from all Parties, I respectfully suggest that the Prime Minister:

  • Convey Canada's concern that the criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin be considered fully and in timely fashion; and
  • Strongly Suggest that the continuing persecution of Falun Gong cease forthwith.”

“Canadians of Chinese descent now comprise almost 5 per cent of our population; many are practitioners of Falun Gong and/or have relatives in China who are practitioners.”

“Our Committee firmly believes that all citizens of China - like all citizens of Canada - should ultimately benefit from greater freedom and greater toleration.”

“Or, as enumerated in the principles of Falun Dafa, ‘Zhen..Shan..Ren’,  ‘Truthfulness..Compassion..and Tolerance’.”