Friday, May 14, 2010

Ottawa Mayor Fails to Create International Incident

Canada was saved from war with China at the last minute as brave Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien called off Falun Dafa Day:
Less than a month after returning from a business mission to China, Mayor Larry O'Brien is refusing to proclaim Falun Dafa Day, for fear it might "create any kind of international incident."

The City of Ottawa has made the proclamation in the previous two years, with O'Brien personally signing it in 2008.

Indeed, the spiritual group -- also called Falun Gong -- received notification in April from the city's protocol office that today would be proclaimed "Falun Dafa Day" in the city. Earlier this week, though, the group was told the mayor would not sign the proclamation.

When asked why, O'Brien said Wednesday it was "in the interest of maintaining and developing a continuing stronger economic relation with a country that's going to be important to our future."

According to Bay Councillor Alex Cullen, when he asked the mayor why he would not sign the proclamation, the mayor told Cullen: "I made a commitment." O'Brien did not say to whom, Cullen said.
World Falun Dafa Day was May 14; just type the phrase in Google to find pics and stories. Apparently hundreds of other locales formally or informally hosted events, all without an international incident. Someone sold his integrity for a mess of pottage -- did O'Brien really imagine that it would have any effect on China's trade with Canada if he had proclaimed Falun Gong Day? Beijing was just making noise.

Taiwan? If China goes to this length to strike at its imagined enemies, imagine what's in store for Taiwan in the post-ECFA world.

UPDATE: Commenter alerts me to China Daily piece on O'Brien visit.
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everything you wanted to know about O'Brien sell-out is found in this week's China People's Daily:

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/6974927.html

Anonymous said...

They must be carrying pots and pans too!

STOP Ma said...

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It should be noted that Ottawa has a very sharp rising Chinese immigrant population as well.

http://www.ottawa.ca/city_services/statistics/counts/counts_jul_04/index_en.shtml

My father lives there and encounters a lot of the China-centric views about Taiwan through his line of work.
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Anonymous said...

San Francisco declared "Baywatch Day" back in the 1990's, but alas, no more. I blame anti-titty activists.