China To Execute Another Canadian As Canada Warns Citizens Of "Arbitrary" Death Penalty

This is the second Canadian sentenced to death since Huawei scandal.
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China To Execute Another Canadian As Canada Warns Citizens Of "Arbitrary" Death Penalty

CTV News reports that China has delivered a death sentence for a Canadia held in custody for manufacturing methamphetamine.

This is the second time this year that officials in China have decided to execute a Canadian citizen for participation in drug trafficking. In January, Chinese prosecutors pushed the the death sentence for another man after he was initially to serve just fifteen years in prison, according to another CTV News report.

While neither case is drectly related to the ongoing dispute over the arrest of a Huawei executive in Canada, the timing of these death sentences is suspect. 

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The decision to execute two Canadians is provocative and represents an escalation in tensions.

Last year, Chinaarrested thirteen Canadians after Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was taken into custody in Vancouver.

The government of Canada travel advisory page for China has not been updated in response to these death sentencs, but the site does warn that "Chinese authorities apply, sometimes arbitrarily, the death penalty for both violent and non-violent crimes."

The government also advises that Canadians "exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws."

Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has condemned the latest decision to execute a Canadian citizen, according to the BBC.

Federal Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer, meanwhile, has called on the Trudeau government to take a harsher stance on China-Canada relations.

Stay tuned for more news.


Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.