Minister Jason Kenney possesses a sense of justice that is shared by many Canadians. He is a young and promising leader in the Canadian cabinet, serving as Minister of National Defense and Minister for Multiculturalism in 2015.
He also served as the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism in 2013.
Bizarre experience in Beijing
Minister Kenney has also been distinguished in being awarded the U.N.’s Moral Courage Award on May 22, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. He spoke about his experiences when meeting with Zhou Yongkang, the former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary of the Politics and Law Committee of China in 2011.
On his way to the meeting, some very unusual events took place. The special car that he was travelling in broke down in front of Tiananmen Square, with thick smoke pouring out from under the hood. The car’s driver immediately jumped out of the car and ran away. A few minutes later, police officers appeared on the scene and extinguished the fire. On that same hot summer’s day, the air conditioning in Minister Kenney’s hotel room stopped working.
China generally places great importance in meeting with foreign guests of its government.
So when something like this happens it can be seen as a well-directed farce, or as a means of intimidation.
Minister Kenney said: “Zhou Yongkang was responsible for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetans, dissidents, and other faith groups, and he had the greatest powers then.” Upon arriving at the meeting, the first thing that Zhou said to him was: “Minister Kenney, we know you are a human rights expert, please explain to me what that is.”
Mr. Kenney said: “Yes, I was surprised, like you. I said to him, human rights is natural human dignity, which we are all born with, including the Chinese people; this is not an invention from Western democratic countries. It is a born right for every man and woman. ” I think his government is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, but he actually laughed at the United Nations for establishing the fundamental principles and confirming human faith, basic human rights, and dignity.”
Minister Kenney is very concerned about human rights issues and has often spoken out against human rights abuses and the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
When attending the 2014 World Falun Dafa Day rally in Ottowa, he said: “The claims that you have made today are universal rights—the freedom that we enjoy in Canada is never taken for granted, and we will firmly stand with you.”
Translated research by Yi Ming and Kathy