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Canadian man accused of spying in China gets visit by consular officials

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  • OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says consular officials in China paid a visit Monday to detained former diplomat Michael Kovrig.

    It is the fifth time Kovrig has received a consular visit since he was detained by Chinese authorities in early December, but the first since an anonymous report in Chinese state media accused him and fellow detainee Michael Spavor of stealing state secrets.

    Spavor has received four consular visits thus far.

    The two have not had access to lawyers, nor been formally charged. They receive one visit from Canadian officials a month.

    The Canadian government says their detentions are arbitrary and warns Canadians travelling to China to do so with a “high degree of caution” because of the arbitrary application of local laws.

    Canada is calling for the immediate release of both men.

    Canadian officials have complained the two men are being held in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou under an extradition request from the United States.

    Global Affairs notes the number of countries who back Canada’s position on the matter including the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Spain and Denmark as well as NATO and the European Union.

    Consular visits typically include assessing the well-being of the men, trying to get them medical attention if needed and helping them communicate with loved ones.

    Because of privacy laws, no specifics about the visit can be made public.

    The Canadian Press

    Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Kovrig and Spavor had been charged with stealing state secrets.



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    Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, bids farewell to public service

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  • OTTAWA — Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, is bidding farewell to the more than 200,000 workers in the federal public service.

    Wernick announced in mid-March that he would leave his post as the top federal bureaucrat prior to the fall election campaign.

    At the time, he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a letter that he would no longer be able to fulfil central aspects of his role, including being an impartial arbiter of whether foreign interference occurs during the campaign and to help whichever party is elected to form government.

    He said it become apparent there was no path for him to have a relationship of “mutual trust and respect with the leaders of the opposition parties” in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

    His farewell message expresses how proud he was to serve as clerk of the Privy Council and reminds those still working in government that what they do matters.

    He says a non-partisan public service that is “guided by values, fuelled by evidence” and “a never-ending quest to learn” is key to the success of the country.

    The Canadian Press


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  • OTTAWA — Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, is bidding farewell to the more than 200,000 workers in the federal public service.

    Wernick announced in mid-March that he would leave his post as the top federal bureaucrat prior to the fall election campaign.

    At the time, he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a letter that he would no longer be able to fulfil central aspects of his role, including being an impartial arbiter of whether foreign interference occurs during the campaign and to help whichever party is elected to form government.

    He said it become apparent there was no path for him to have a relationship of “mutual trust and respect with the leaders of the opposition parties” in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

    His farewell message expresses how proud he was to serve as clerk of the Privy Council and reminds those still working in government that what they do matters.

    He says a non-partisan public service that is “guided by values, fuelled by evidence” and “a never-ending quest to learn” is key to the success of the country.

    The Canadian Press


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