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OTTAWA, Ontario, February 23, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from a House of Commons vote resulting in a unanimous declaration that the Chinese Communist Party has been committing acts of genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang province.

The motion declared the atrocities being committed against the Uighurs as a genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist regime. The motion was the work of Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) M.P.s Michael Chong and Garnett Genuis.

The vote took place Monday and had support from all political parties, including many Liberal backbenchers, the NDP, the Bloc Québécois, and Independents. However, Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from the vote.

The only Trudeau minister to be present for the vote was Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, who noted that “I abstain on behalf of the Government of Canada.”

Last week, Trudeau said that using the term “genocide” was “extremely loaded,” and while allowing a free vote on the matter for his M.P.s, he refused to say how he would be voting.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians,” Trudeau said. “We will continue to work with our partners and allies to take this seriously. We’re still reflecting very carefully on the best path forward for Canada.”

Reports of sexual abuse and rape, torture, forced sterilization, and forced labor at the hands of the Chinese Communist regime against the Uighur people have been making headlines worldwide.

In a statement released yesterday, CPC leader Erin O’Toole said the “coordinated absence” of Trudeau and his cabinet for the vote “speaks volumes.” He called on Trudeau’s government to “respect parliament” and recognize what is taking place in China's Xinjiang province as “genocide.”

“It is shameful that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government continue to refuse to call the horrific conduct by the Chinese Communist Party what it is: a genocide,” O’Toole explained.

The CPC motion calling out the horrific treatment of the Uyghur people stated: “In the opinion of the House, the People’s Republic of China has engaged in actions consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the ‘Genocide Convention’, including detention camps and measures intended to prevent births as it pertains to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.”

It went on to state that given “it has been the policy of the Government of Canada to act in concert with its allies when it comes to the recognition of a genocide,” there is a “bipartisan consensus in the United States where it has been the position of two consecutive administrations that Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims are being subjected to a genocide by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”

“The House, therefore, recognize that a genocide is currently being carried out by the People's Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, call upon the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympic Games if the Chinese government continues this genocide and call on the government to officially adopt this position.”

The vote was welcomed by The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP). In a statement, the group said it applauds “the vote by the Canadian House of Commons to recognize that the Chinese government is carrying out a genocide against Uyghurs, and calls on the UN and other governments to take action without delay.”

“China’s atrocity crimes demand a worldwide response. Uyghurs thank Canada for this historic vote,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat in the press release. “We are now in the 5th year of unimaginable hell.”

The UHRP went on to state that the Canadian government “must develop a plan of action to follow-up on the vote,” and urge its allies to “make similar designations.”

On Monday before the vote, the CPC held a press conference at which some Uyghur survivors described in horror the evils they had to endure.

A former teacher from Xinjiang named Kayum Masimov, who herself endured forced sterilization at 50 years old in 2019, gave horrid details of how many Uighurs were made to “crawl like dogs” and were beaten and tortured.

“When the Nazis were exterminating Jews, the world did not believe until [seeing] the liberated camps. Jews were not able to get any help from outside,” Masimov said, as reported by the Globe and Mail. “Today the Chinese Communist Party are holding Uyghurs in concentration camps and killing them. Yesterday’s Jews are today’s Uyghurs.”

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Pastor James Coates has been freed!

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the legal counsel which has been representing Pastor Coates, just issued a statement saying that Alberta's Crown Prosecutors have decided to drop all but one charge against Pastor Coates, paving the way for him to be released soon.

This is a great victory, God be praised!

Please READ LifeSiteNews' latest article on this latest and unexpected turn of events for Pastor Coates.

While Pastor Coates will still have to stand trial for the one remaining charge in May, he will at least be free to prepare for the hearings, and to celebrate Easter with his family and congregation.

Thank you for taking part in this campaign advocating for Pastor Coates' release!

Of course, with a trial still pending, he's not out of the woods, yet. But, this is a gigantic step in the right direction.

During his trial, we will keep you updated as to his status and we will continue to support Pastor Coates.

We will also keep fighting to ensure that Canadian people of faith like him are never persecuted for exercising their right to worship freely.

Until the trial finishes, please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition in solidarity with Pastor Coates. Thank you!


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There have been two important, recent updates to the ongoing imprisonment of Pastor James Coates in Alberta, Canada.

First, Alberta's Premier, Jason Kenney has spoken out about Pastor Coates' incarceration.

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And second, Pastor Coates' wife addressed a crowd of supporters at the jail in which her husband is being held, saying in part:

"People keep asking us what can you do for us? Open your churches. Open your churches! Take a stand for the Lord Jesus Christ and take a stand for the people! Love them, open the doors, that’s what we need to do right now."

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Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church in Alberta, Canada has been ARRESTED for refusing to comply with extreme and likely unconstitutional government Covid regulations that ban people from gathering to worship in their church of choice.

You read that right: Even churches aren’t exempt from Trudeau Liberals’ all-out attack on peoples' freedoms in the wake of this pandemic.

But, Pastor Coates needs to be released immediately, and MPs must take steps to rein-in the extreme Covid regulations which provincial governments are using as an excuse to trample on essential freedoms.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition and STAND WITH PASTOR COATES.

Send a strong message to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Justice Minister Lametti, as well as to all Members of Parliament and to Canadian Provincial Premiers, that this CANNOT stand.

Some government officials are hoping to make examples out of faith leaders like Pastor Coates, who refuse to comply with unreasonable government demands to close-off places of worship to their own congregations.

That's why he remains in custody to this day.

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Pastor Coates, who leads Grace Life Church in Edmonton, Alberta, originally suspended in-person services and church gatherings in good faith and out of concern for his congregants after Trudeau’s government first introduced Covid restrictions last spring.

However, the church reopened over the summer when it became clear that Trudeau’s shutdowns were here to stay, and that congregants would be indefinitely limited in their worship size or again banned from in-person worship altogether under their guidelines.

After Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, enacted new restrictions in November that cap all faith-based gatherings at 15% of building capacity (a major blow to churches that wish to resume worship for their members), Pastor Coates kept Grace Life’s doors open to anyone and everyone who wished to proceed with normal practice of their faith.

However, this simple exercising of congregants’ Charter rights was met not only with governmental resistance, but an unreasonably disproportionate legal response.

Pastor Coates was arrested and then quickly released on February 7th for practicing his faith alongside congregants, and arrested AGAIN on February 16th for the same reason.

Pastor Coates remains in custody today for refusing to allow Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his health officer Deena Hinshaw to infringe upon his congregants’ civil liberties any further.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls for the release of Pastor Coates, and asks Canada's MPs to take action to ensure that Canadian people of faith, like him, are NEVER persecuted for exercising their right to worship freely.


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Last week, O’Toole said that China should not be allowed to host the 2022 Winter Olympics due to their “genocide” of the Uighurs.

On Monday, the Bloc Québécois introduced an amendment to the genocide motion to call for the 2022 Beijing Olympics to be moved out of China, should the Communist regime continue the genocide.

This motion passed with 229 votes in favor and 27 Liberal M.P.s and one independent voting against.

On the last day of Donald Trump’s presidency, then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially called China’s terrible treatment of the Muslim Uighur population in Xinjiang a “genocide.” 

According to Pompeo, the U.S. State Department’s investigation into the Uighur people showed “torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.”

Although Trudeau has not been vocal in calling out China’s human rights abuses, some members of his party were signatories of a recent letter signed by 20 M.P.s who called for the 2022 games to be moved out of China.

The M.P.s’ letter stated that the Chinese communist regime’s human rights abuses would taint any medals won by athletes at the games, comparing the situation to the 1936 Berlin games.

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