Canadian Parliament votes in favor of calling treatment of Uighurs by China as ‘genocide’, Trudeau skips vote

Canada's Prim Minister Justin Trudeau and a few other senior cabinet members skipped the vote.

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Canada has joined the US in the list of countries that have described China’s inhumane treatment of the Uighur minority community as a ‘genocide’, after a parliamentary vote in the country, Canada’s lawmakers have approved a non-binding motion that recognizes China’s treatment of the Uighur community in the Xinjiang province as a genocide.

While Canada’s Prim Minister Justin Trudeau and a few other senior cabinet members skipped the vote, that was held on Monday, all other Liberal members voted in favor of this motion — the only exception being Marc Garneau, who abstained on behalf of the government.

The motion “Uighurs in China have been and are being subject to genocide” passed unanimously in the Canadian House of Commons. This can also bring diplomatic problems for Trudeau who has been trying desperately to strike a balance between pushing back China to its limits and maintaining a cordial relationship with the Asian country.

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