Breaking: O’Toole advocates for boycotting Beijing Olympics over country’s decision to put Canadian to death

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Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole said during a press conference on Tuesday that Canada should seriously consider boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics over China’s decision to uphold the death sentence for Canadian Robert Schellenberg, as well as the continued detention of Canada’s two Michaels. “The denial of Robert Schellenburg’s appeals must be seen as what it is, a foreign government planning to take the life of a Canadian for political reasons,” said O’Toole, calling the action “inexcusable.” On Tuesday, Chinese courts rejected Schellenburg’s drug conviction appeal of a death sentence. Schellenburg was given the death sentence in a retrial after Canada’s detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. O’Toole said that tensions between Canada and China could see a boiling point that would make it unsafe for Canadian Olympic athletes to travel to China for the event. “The outcomes of the [two Michaels’] cases will help answer that question,” said O’Toole. During that same press conference, O’Toole outlined features of the Conservatives’ Canada recover plan.

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