By: Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer
Date: December 11, 2018
OTTAWA – The federal government is considering increasing the risk level for Canadian travellers to China, CTV News has learned.
The prospect of issuing a travel warning for Canadians in China, or for those journeying to China, is being considered among other options.
No final decision has been made about whether this is a step that will be taken, and talks were ongoing as of Tuesday evening.
“Global Affairs has a global surveillance system to identify changing risks and threats to Canadian interests, and to Canadians travelling virtually on an hourly basis, 24 hours a day. So they are watching this one very carefully,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on CTV’s Power Play.
Canadian sources say the primary concern is Canadians’ safety, given possible arbitrary measures taken by China. The country has warned Canada of consequences for arresting a prominent Chinese telecommunications executive in Vancouver on Dec.1, at the request of the United States government.
Then today, news of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig being detained in China surfaced.