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Ontario legislature criticized for decision to fly China’s flag

Criticism is drawn due to two Canadians locked up by Beijing on what Ottawa calls unlawful grounds. Alejandro Luengo

A plan to fly China’s flag at the Ontario legislature is drawing criticism from Premier Ford.

The legislature will fly the flag of the people’s Republic of China to commemorate China’s national day, which marks the founding of the republic by the Chinese communist party in 1949.

But in a statement to 680 NEWS, a spokesperson for Premier Ford says, “The Ontario Legislative Assembly has a flag policy independent of the political parties and the government. It is not the appropriate time to be raising this flag, and the Government of Ontario nor the PC Caucus will be sending a representative.”

At issue here is the fact that two Canadians are imprisoned by the Chinese government on what Ottawa calls unlawful grounds.

The sergeant-at-arms in the Ontario legislature, tells the Globe and Mail that the flag raising is taking place a the request of the confederation of the Toronto Chinese/Canadian organizations.

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