Over 50 people, mainly Mandarin-speakers, participated yesterday in a virtual roundtable discussion convened by Conservative Party nomination candidate John Weston, the day after the Canadian House of Commons voted to condemn the Chinese Government for genocidal treatment of the Muslim minority-group Uyghurs.
The event, billed as a Lunar New Year Roundtable, was organized prior to notice of the Parliamentary vote. Weston, a Mandarin-speaker himself, related his experience in acting as a bridge between people of various languages and cultures, in his career as a lawyer and former Member of Parliament.
At a time of escalating tensions between the Chinese and Canadian Governments, Weston vowed to play that “bridge” role once again, ensuring the Canadian Government is aware of concerns of people with specific interest in Canada’s relationship to other Pacific Rim countries.
“People liked the way John has a vision for our community beyond the pandemic,” said event organizer Esther Chu, a Taiwan-born Canadian. “The kinds of things we talked about last night – reclaiming national health and wellness; bolstering national security; and rebuilding our economy need more focus from our government.”
“With our economy in a shambles, it’s essential for our representative to perform that role John has consistently carried out in life,” said co-event organizer Amber Zhao, a Canadian born in mainland China. “We need someone to help us understand what Ottawa is trying to accomplish in our community, while ensuring we have a voice in the Federal Government.”
Weston launches his 6-part ThingsThat Matter Webinar Series this Thursday, February 25th, with expert panelists. The series deals with health, economy, national security, foreign affairs, the environment, and equality issues. Registration is online at www.johnweston4mp.ca