OTTAWA, ON – Canadian officials are boycotting the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the decision not to send any diplomatic representation was made because of repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.
However, Trudeau says Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the games.
“Our athletes have been training for years and are looking forward to competing at the highest level against athletes from around the world and they will continue to have all of our fullest support,” said Trudeau during a press conference on Wednesday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says this country has to send a strong signal to the Chinese government. She says Canada is extremely concerned with what’s going on in China regarding human rights allegations. Joly says Canada has raised these issues many times including at the G7 and at NATO.
Other countries including the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. have announced they are taking similar actions.