Canada – Behind the Liberals’ Latest China CCP Approach

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 30, 2018. (Alejandro Pagni/AFP via Getty Images)
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 30, 2018. (Alejandro Pagni/AFP via Getty Images)

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said publicly last week that China is a main source of the fentanyl that’s fueling a deadly opioid crisis in Canada.

Blair’s remarks marked a shift in the Liberal government’s public tone on the fentanyl issue and China’s role. When asked by The Epoch Times for comment in the past, Blair’s ministry made no mention of China, merely saying the government is “committed to doing everything we can” to address the drug crisis. This stood in contrast to calls by the Opposition Conservatives and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for Ottawa to hold Beijing to account for the crisis.

Yet in his address at the parliamentary Canada-China relations committee on Feb. 25, Blair still refused to talk about Huawei and security concerns and whether the Chinese telecom giant with links to Beijing will be banned from Canada’s 5G networks.

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Chinese Fentanyl that killed my son is also an urgent national security issue:

James Rauh fentanyl china
In honor of his late son, Tom Rauh, whose death from a fentanyl overdose was later linked to illicit supplies from China, James Rauh has founded the Rising Anchor Project to fight against illegally manufactured fentanyl. (Photo by Focal Point, used with permission)

AKRON, Ohio — The opioid crisis became very personal for me on March 21, 2015, when my son, Tom, died from a lethal dose of Chinese-sourced fentanyl. But I also recognize that this crisis transcends the overwhelming grief shared by those of us who have been personally affected by it.

In fact, my background as a chemist and engineer — as well as recent developments in China, where I’ve done a considerable amount of business over the years — has convinced me that synthetic opioids now pose one of the greatest threats to our national security.

Probe finds synthetic opioid easily shipped from China to US

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) on Wednesday released the results of a nearly yearlong bipartisan investigation showing the ease of which drug traffickers in China can ship powerful synthetic opioids into the United States.

The 100-page report found that when it comes to fentanyl — which can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin — those selling online in China prefer to ship the drug into the country through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) rather than private mail shippers, reportedly because the sellers think there’s less of a risk that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will seize the package.

Lawmakers and the White House are grappling with how to curb an opioid epidemic that’s led to skyrocketing death rates. The number of deaths from drugs like fentanyl more than doubled from 2015 to 2016, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This bipartisan investigation has uncovered how incredibly easy it is to buy these deadly drugs online and have them shipped here through the mail,” Carper said in a statement.

“We have also learned how ill-equipped federal agencies were to prevent drug smugglers from taking advantage of a massive surge in recent years of e-commerce and international mail to ship synthetic opioid, like fentanyl, into our communities.”

The report’s release comes ahead of a hearing on the issue Thursday, where officials from various agencies will be called to testify before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on investigations led by Portman and Carper.

In performing the investigation, subcommittee staff told reporters that they googled “fentanyl for sale.” Though they didn’t ultimately buy the drug, they said they communicated with six sellers over the course of three months.

Read The Full Story Here: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/370598-congressional-probe-finds-synthetic-opioid-easily-shipped-from-china-to-us