Although Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet abstained in Monday’s vote, most lawmakers, including many Liberals who participated, voted in favor of the motion, which was introduced by the opposition Conservative Party.
Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau was the only cabinet minister to attend the vote in parliament and officially abstained “on behalf of the Government of Canada.”
Opposition leader Erin O’Toole, who led the effort in the parliamentary vote, called on the Trudeau government to support the determination, which although symbolic will not become government policy. “It is shameful that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government continue to refuse to label the Chinese Communist Party’s horrible conduct for what it is: genocide,” O’Toole said Monday.
Calls for an international investigation
In a statement issued after Monday’s vote, Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau said the Trudeau government believes the allegations against China should be investigated by international experts.
“The Government of Canada takes allegations of genocide very seriously. We have a responsibility to work with other members of the international community to ensure that such allegations are investigated by an independent international body of legal experts,” Garneau said in a statement issued. Monday. He added that a “credible investigation” should be initiated by an international and independent body.
“The situation in Xinjiang is incredible. The reported abuses, which include torture, forced labor and forced sterilization of women, are extreme and extensive,” Raab said during a speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.