Prominent Canadian, US Government Officials Urge For 2022 Olympic Boycott

by Jack McCormick 21

February 24th, 2021 Canada, International, National, News

After former Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister Alan Freeman spoke out about the need for Canada to boycott the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing earlier this year, other members of the government in both Canada and the United States have joined him in urging for the boycott. The boycott talks stem from the human rights violations that have been occurring in China.

In Canada, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has asked that the government push for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to find a new host for the games.

“I think Canadians would agree that it would violate fundamental ethical principles to participate in an Olympic Games hosted by a country that is committing a genocide against part of its population,”

In Canada over 180 humans rights groups have called on the nation to boycott the Games. A letter featuring the signatures of over a dozen federal lawmakers, thirteen Members of Parliament, and Olympic gold medalist Jean-Luc Brassard, asking for the relocation of the games.

On Monday the Canadian House of Commons held a note to deem the Chinese treatment of the Uyghur minority group as a genocide under the definition established by the United Nations. The vote passed 266-0. The House of Commons also formally asked the IOC to change the venue for the 2022 Games.

While some Canadians have called for change without proposing specific solutions, Green Party leader Annamie Paul and New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh suggested that either Canada or both Canada and the U.S. host the Olympic Games in 2022.

In the United States, John Katko, a Congressman and member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wrote newly elected president Joe Biden urging him to consider a boycott of the Games.

“I write you to urge the boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The United States must stand up and defend its commitment to human rights and the rule of law that this country was founded upon and act immediately to curb ‘the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese partystate.’ The actions taken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are antithetical to the values of both the United States and its allies around the world. Participation in an Olympics held in a country that is openly committing genocide not only undermines those shared values but casts a shadow on the promise for all those who seek free and just societies.”

Katko’s full letter to the president was shared on the House Homeland GOP’s social media.

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Texas Forever
3 months ago

There are plenty of ways to punish China for its many human rights abuses… and I am here for all of them. But boycotting the Olympics is not one of them.

TGswimmer
Reply to  Texas Forever
2 months ago

I completely agree. It’s punishing the hardworking athletes who have worked even harder than ever due to COVID pandemic. Government should not decide fate of athletes.

Mr Piano
3 months ago

I mean sure, but the U.S until recently backed Saudi Arabia and their genocide of Yemen, and it’s not like we’re not known for drone striking thousands and thousands civilians in the Middle East in recent years.

Who Built The Cages???
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 months ago

Or housing migrant children in cages

Troyy
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 months ago

The US and allies only started caring about Uighur because of the pandemic. The issue is essentially being used as a geopolitical tool in order to get revenge.

Samesame
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

I naively wonder why the athletes are the ones who have to make the sacrifice?

Exswimmerish
Reply to  Samesame
3 months ago

Was vaguely aware of 1980s boycott.

Presuming all allegations are true, I’m not understanding how this would move the CCP to stop committing the abuse & genocide.

Not convinced it was an effectual move then, or now.

Samesame
Reply to  Exswimmerish
3 months ago

1980 and 1984 caused much distress for certain athletes, both those who went and those who didn’t.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 months ago

I have an advantage from having visited all Central Asian republics under Communist control . Should unicorn dreams happen & this region becomes independant, they will follow the exact path as neighbours Turkmenistan , Kazakstan, Tadjiksan , Uzbekistan , Krygyzstan & to a slightly less degree Mongolia. From the Khans to the Czar to the Soviets To Czarist – Communistic Khanates. It is not going to become Sweden.

Vinny B
3 months ago

Sure, no problem! Let the underpaid Olympic athletes who train all their lives not compete so politicians can get cheap political capital. Right after Lebron and the NBA stop playing in China we should get right on that!