Halifax International Security Forum
Three days after reports that the Liberals threatened to pull funding for the Halifax Security Forum if it gave an award to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously passed a motion saying she would be the ideal candidate for the award.
The story was first reported by Politico on Sunday. The motion, brought forward by Conservative MP Michael Chong, called on the government to support the Halifax International Security Forum if it awards a prominent prize to Taiwan’s president, which could risk China’s ire.
The John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service is an annual award doled out by the forum to any country that has demonstrated what they perceive as “uncommon leadership in the pursuit of human justice.”
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WNU Editor: Canadians are going to the polls later this year to elect a new government. Supporting and/or accommodating the Chinese government is not a popular political position to have in this country right now.
What I would like to know is who made the original decision to threaten the funding to the Halifax Security Forum if they did proceed with giving an award to the Taiwanese President. And if the Liberals do win re-election, will they again threaten this funding.