Prime Minister has yet either to visit China or to invite President Hu to Canada.
We heard that the Minister of International Trade is set to travel to China imminently. Will he commit to raise the issue of respect for human rights in China, and work to establish a productive but principled relationship with that important country?
Mr. Gerald Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, we always have a respectful relationship with our trading partners. It is also important to mention that we are in the process of opening six new trade offices in China, in six Chinese provinces, and expanded resources in other cities.
The hon. member would like to distort the facts. He would like to say that our international companies and corporations do not respect human rights or the environment. Nothing is further from the truth.
We also recognize that China is our third largest trading partner. We absolutely plan to continue to work in a respectful manner with it.