Mr. Speaker, we always raise this issue, and we did. We have an international policy that is different and does not depend on the position of the United States, and I think Canadians want Canada to take an independent position in this respect. For instance, we were the first country, well before the United States, to recognize China. It was not until after Canada recognized China that the United States did so.
I think Canada has always raised the issue of human rights and has always traded with China. Under the Diefenbaker government, we were already selling wheat to China. We have had trading relations with the Soviet Union, and we always raised the issue of human rights. We did not change our priorities, but we know, and we say this quite frankly, that it is no use being holier than thou. If I told the President of China, who represents 1.2 billion people, that the Prime Minister of Canada was telling him what to do, he would laugh in my face. I think the best way to accomplish something is to help this country develop its potential, and once they have had many exchanges with the Western world, they will understand the benefits of democracy and respect for human rights and economic progress in a market economy.