January 09, 2019

13 Canadians have been taken hostage by China — but Trudeau doesn’t care enough to call their president.

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Why doesn’t Justin Trudeau care that China has taken 13 Canadians hostage in the past few weeks?

Global Affairs Canada spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said in a statement to The Globe and Mail that the government is aware that 13 Canadians have been detained in China, excluding Hong Kong, since Dec. 1, 2018. Previously, only Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver were publicly known to have been detained in China since Canada arrested Ms. Meng, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. They were taken into custody after China promised retaliation for Ms. Meng’s arrest.

They’re talking about Meng Wanzhou. She's the Chief Financial Officer for Huawei, the huge Chinese cell phone company.

According to the United States, which asked Canadian police to arrest Meng when she touched down in Canada, she deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming two companies were independent of Huawei, when Huawei controlled them. So it’s a banking thing, a securities thing, a fraud thing. I’ll be candid — I’m sure it’s politically motivated by the U.S. but if it’s against the law, it’s against the law.

But in China everything is linked to everything, and thus the 13 retaliatory arrests of Canadians. Most of them were let go after they were just harassed — to send a message to Trudeau. But a number of them remain in detention, including a former Canadian diplomat.

Of course China didn’t seize an American. Trump has been extremely forceful in repatriating Americans from around the world who were seized by foreign regimes. But they know they can walk all over Canada with impunity.

It took Chrystia Freeland eleven days to issue a little tweet objecting to the first Canadians being taken hostage. What took so long? Where is our self-respect?

(By contrast, Freeland, and Trudeau himself, tweeted ten times about Jamal Khashoggi, a Muslim brotherhood spin doctor, paid by Qatar, to undermine Saudi Arabia...)

And over the Christmas break, what did Trudeau do? Did he maybe take a private flight to Beijing, to talk face-to-face with President Xi? Did he even make a phone call? Nope. He was partying it up in Whistler, snowboarding and surely enjoying Whistler’s famous marijuana scene.

And he still won’t call the Chinese. What is wrong with him?

Hey, what do you think Donald Trump would do if 13 Americans were seized by China? I hate to think of what he’d do. And so does President Xi, which is why he hasn’t said a peep about it to Trump.

Speaking of Trump...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his government’s statements in support of two Canadians detained in China, Trudeau’s office said in a statement.

It’s nice to ask America for help, I guess.

Will Trump help? Maybe. I bet he will.

But Trump has Americans to care about. What’s in it for America?

Look, I want those Canadians back home — and the other 200 Canadians held in China

Some of them are real criminals. They’re not all political pawns. But these 13 seizures are political.

And Trudeau is a child who has no clue. Or, rather, he knows what to do but can’t or won’t.

This is Trudeau’s place in the world — an errand boy for dictators, and a punching bag for them, too.

What a shame that Canadian citizens have to pay the price.

And what irony that even Trudeau knows that only Trump can fix it...

NEXT: Last night, President Trump delivered a major address from the Oval Office, about border security, crime, and the Democrats stubborn refusal to comprise.

Joel Pollak of Breitbart joins me to talk about Trump's speech, the reaction to it, and what happens next.

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commented 2019-01-10 12:18:12 -0500
Norbert Neumann,
Too many countries voted in favour of the global compact for it to have a significant undertone besides islamic migration.
commented 2019-01-10 11:20:10 -0500
Good show Ezra! Nice set! Would be nice if you could look into the connection of the Trudeau Foundation to China and the Global Compact!
commented 2019-01-10 10:45:34 -0500
Boy Blunder panders to his indigenous base. Poor little guy is between a rock and a hard place. They just don’t experience things the same way he does.
Red Star puts a brave face on this and his lack of a spirited defence of Trump.
commented 2019-01-10 09:01:27 -0500
Trudeau dose not want to think about hostages they will cost taxpayer money…..Taxpayer money is for Sauna’s and things.
commented 2019-01-10 03:22:18 -0500
Harper would have been on this a long time ago, the media would have demanded action from him but of course they do no such thing with Justin because they know he is a gutless wonder.
commented 2019-01-10 01:48:17 -0500
Dick Tater Trudeau Gets No Respect & that reflects Badly for us All.
commented 2019-01-10 01:28:07 -0500
Always will support the Rebel
commented 2019-01-10 00:37:45 -0500
You know what? Canada sucks right now. I wonder if Brazil will take in Canadian refugees too?
I should work on my samba to pass the citizenship test.
Carnival looks a lot better than the constant gay pride day parades up here.
Just saying.
commented 2019-01-10 00:20:58 -0500
Where’s the hastag #FreetheCanadians ?
Btw, I hate the color scheme of the new background. Very demonic or soul crushing. Yes, I get it matches the logo but I would have changed the logo in the new year. Can it really be more expensive than the background change? Just go with grey and a tiny amount black & red. Just a smidgeon. Wonderful show tonight.
commented 2019-01-09 23:38:01 -0500
The Chinese go after Canada by means as a hostage between themselves and the USA.
We have a stupid fan girl leader with stockholm syndrome in love with his captor. Raised in captivity, I bet. Thanks PET.
The Chinese are trying to get to the USA by corrupting its closest friend, Canada.
We’re the weakest link. We all pay the price, not just the 13 hostages.
Time to smarten up.
I’d sell everything to the USA if I could but that would mean all of our eggs in one basket for the next president.
We sold our resources to companies that will sell to China regardless. They want infrastructure to China, the works.
What we need are sanctions against China but we’re so dependent on them as it is. We’re too deep in to back out now. Unless we smarten up and get our country back.
commented 2019-01-09 23:34:25 -0500
Trump should use his emergency powers. So what if it sets a precedent if and when the Democrats come to power. They probably will if Trump doesn’t build the wall.
commented 2019-01-09 23:30:35 -0500
Trudeau is best described as a quisling, the word derived from Vidkun Quisling ,the Norwegian that collaborated with the occupying Nazis during World War 2.
Trudeau doesn’t represent Canada.He represents the Globalists that are intent on destroying Western Civilization.
commented 2019-01-09 23:16:26 -0500
Trudeau is like Colonel Klink in the TV show Hogan’s Heros.
commented 2019-01-09 22:22:35 -0500
Deborah Graupner said, " I don’t trust Trudeau or China! "
I think that I would trust China over Trudeau and his close relationship with the UN and their 40 Islamic Countries that run that Totalitarian State.
commented 2019-01-09 21:53:24 -0500
Ezra, great to see you back. You have mentioned a few times that The Rebel wouldn’t take Trudeau’s media bribe money if Trudeau offered ; However I believe there is more of a chance of Mexico giving Trump a cheque for the wall than the Libs giving you money.
commented 2019-01-09 21:52:11 -0500
I still recall that Chinese warship off our coast when small potatoe was placed in our parliament. I don’t trust Trudeau or China! I think Trump should tell crying Chrystia to get off her butt and prove just how diplomatic she really is.
commented 2019-01-09 21:48:29 -0500
Trudeau quoted in the LA Times …Regarding the Philippines Hall and Ridsdel Hostages…

“We have every reason to believe that the reports are unfortunately true,” Trudeau said.
He said he was “horrified” by the killings and reaffirmed Canada’s refusal to pay ransoms.
“The government of Canada will not and cannot pay ransoms for hostages to terrorist groups, as doing so would endanger the lives of more Canadians,” Trudeau said in a statement.
“We are more committed than ever to working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for these heinous acts and bring them to justice, however long it takes.”

Are you going to jail them? Or pay them $10.5 million each…after all it’s 2019?
commented 2019-01-09 21:28:24 -0500
The grovelling POS treasonous worthless bastard is probably apologizing to them as well as asking them for more campaign “donations”
commented 2019-01-09 21:22:03 -0500
What’s the update on this Trudeau? Are you closer on bringing these individuals into custody and under arrest? Look at your own words Trudeau…..

“It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors,” Trudeau said in a statement.
Members of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf gang had said they would murder Hall if they did not receive 300 million pesos (US$6.5 million) ransom by Monday.
“While Canadian officials are working closely with authorities in the Philippines to formally confirm Mr Hall’s death, we have compelling reason to believe that reports to this effect are, unfortunately, true,” Trudeau said.
“The vicious and brutal actions of the hostage-takers have led to a needless death. Canada holds the terrorist group who took him hostage fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder.”
Hall was among four people abducted in September last year from aboard yachts at a tourist resort on Samal island in the southern Philippines.

Philippine Islamist kidnappers demand US$13 million ransom by June 13 or western hostage will die
Another Canadian who was abducted at the same time, John Ridsdel, was beheaded in April after a similar ransom demand of 300 million pesos was not paid.
In the Philippines, authorities would not confirm Hall had been killed.
“No formal report has reached me. I cannot confirm that,” regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan said.
President Benigno Aquino cancelled a public engagement on Monday to receive updates about the hostages, but no facts about their fate had yet been verified, his spokesman said in a statement.
The fates of the two other people abducted at the Samal resort – Hall’s Filipina girlfriend Marites Flor and Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad – were not known.
Listed by the United States as a terrorist organisation, the Abu Sayyaf is a loose network of Islamic militants that was founded in the early 1990s with money from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.

It is regarded as one of the most radical offshoots of a Muslim separatist insurgency in the south of the mainly Catholic Philippines that has claimed more than 100,000 lives since the 1970s.
The Abu Sayyaf is believed to have just a few hundred armed followers but authorities regard it is as one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the Philippines.
Its leaders have in recent years declared allegiance to the Islamic State group that holds vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.
But security analysts believe the leaders are chiefly focused on getting money from kidnappings-for-ransom rather than waging a religious war.
Abu Sayyaf gangs have earned many millions of dollars from kidnapping foreigners and Filipinos since the early 1990s.
Philippines president-elect Duterte apologises to Trudeau over beheading of Canadian hostage
Aquino vowed after Ridsdel’s death that security forces would “neutralise” the Abu Sayyaf, but a fresh offensive involving thousands of troops apparently had little impact.
The Abu Sayyaf has for years withstood repeated military offensives against it, surviving by using the mountainous, jungle terrain and support of local Muslim communities to its advantage.
From 2002-2014, the US deployed Special Forces advisers to train and provide intelligence to Filipino troops, which led to the killing or arrest of many Abu Sayyaf leaders.
But the Abu Sayyaf went on a sustained kidnapping spree after the Americans left.
The Abu Sayyaf has abducted 44 Filipinos and foreigners since last year in at least 16 separate incidents, according to Pacific Strategies and Assessments, a regional risk assessment organisation.
The Abu Sayyaf was reported to have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for the kidnapping and release of 18 Indonesian and Malaysian sailors in recent months.
One of the Abu Sayyaf’s biggest recent windfalls is believed to have come in 2014 when it claimed to have been paid more than US$5 million for the release of a German couple abducted from aboard their yacht in the southwest Philippines.

From South China Morning Post
commented 2019-01-09 21:18:44 -0500
- So it seems admiring their basic dictatorship didn’t buy him any credibility with them. The Chinese have no respect for him. The Liberals will do the Obama thing – a somewhat strongly written letter will eventually be sent. Trudeau has no clout. His only hope is to crawl to Trump & beg for help. China might not like hm but they respect & fear him. Trump is a leader, Trudeau s a figurehead. So Trump is the parent & the Liberals are a bunch of spoiled pre-teens, badmouthing daddy & then running to him for help.

- Americans care a great deal about border security. When he talks to the American people about it he gets their support. Democrats are whining about the shutdown. I doubt many people care about this or even realize it’s going on. The Democrats are playing games with peoples lives. They don’t care about people – people are just a means to an end for them. Trump is not going to lose support from his base over this shutdown.

- Love the new backdrop BTW. Taking a break from time to time is a good thing. I pretty much disconnected over the holidays. The media party was pretty much in the Liberal back pocket before the Trudeau buyout.
commented 2019-01-09 21:10:17 -0500
I hope the President gets his wall this year.
commented 2019-01-09 21:05:39 -0500
I like the industrial look of your new set Ezra!
commented 2019-01-09 20:59:59 -0500
After the Huawei issue is dealt with, you will see a quick reversal to friendly relations with China. This is an election year and Xi wants Trudeau re-elected because Justin is a gutless tool for powerful dictators to use and abuse at will. No country wants Scheer to win because they may not be able to manipulate his gov’t as easily as they can Trudeau.

I like the new studio look, but it’s just a little on the dark (literally) side.
commented 2019-01-09 20:57:16 -0500
The link below is not what I clicked on..
commented 2019-01-09 20:55:30 -0500
I never heard this news about 13 hostages taken by China. Let’s spread the word that Comrade Trudeau is working for the communist party, not Canadian citizens.
commented 2019-01-09 20:48:47 -0500
commented 2019-01-09 20:08:22 -0500
Leave it up to the Dope to get things done-ah-right!!