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Canada-China Relations committee  I'm sorry, Mr. Chair, but, with respect, due to the Privacy Act and the wishes of the families, I'm not going to comment on the particular circumstances of their cases and their interactions. I'm sorry.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  We did have reports of a number of Canadians who were detained related to those demonstrations. However, to my knowledge, all have now been released, and we have no Canadians currently detained.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  In deciding to raise the level of travel advice, we take input from a wide variety of sources. We look at the local circumstances on the ground, the reports of the mission, the consular caseload and trends that we see. We also consult with other partners who have different inform

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Our policy is to target our assistance to the needs of Canadians. In cases where there are commercial options to depart from a particular area, those provide the most expedient and easiest way to depart. Our evacuation support is restricted only to those cases in which Canadians

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Yes. You will have seen earlier this week that non-essential staff were drawn down from some of the missions in our China network. However, for us essential service—and the primary essential service in this context in China—is to provide consular services to Canadians. We are in

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Mr. Chair, I can respond to that in part. The Government of Canada does not track inside China the presence of Canadians. We don't track the travel of Canadians. This is an area where our figures—not just for China, but for the rest of the world—are not complete. We don't have a

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  In 2019, there were 375 new consular cases in China.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  If I look at the overall number of cases the way we track them, there were 26,500 cases in 2019 in China: 4,500 of those were citizenship requests; 20,000 were passport-related; and there were 375 of what we term “consular cases”, which are more complex. Of those, 123 were cases

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Do you mean globally?

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Currently, we have 123 Canadians who are detained in greater China. That includes China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  I'm sorry. I'll have to—

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Consular assistance in Canada is granted under the royal prerogative, and our consular policy is to offer consular service to all Canadians under the consular charter. We are typically notified by host governments of detention cases. If we are notified of them by other sources, w

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Yes, we have been provided consular access to Mr. Schellenberg and we've visited.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Due to the Privacy Act, I'm not going to comment on the cases of specific Canadians and their sentencing.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey

Canada-China Relations committee  Thank you, Chair. While I can't speak to the details of the cases, there are two Canadians—Mr. Schellenberg and Mr. Fan Wei—whose charges on the death penalty are public and available.

February 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Heather Jeffrey