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Quebec MNA Daniel Turp urges Quebec and Canadian Government officials not to attend the Olympic Opening Ceremony

April 20, 2008

Quebec-China relations - MP Daniel Turp asks the Quebec government, to
boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games,
QUEBEC, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ -

Within the framework of the study of the appropriations of the ministry
for the International relations of Quebec, the MP for the Mercier
riding, at the National Assembly of Quebec, Daniel Turp, asked the
Quebec government, not to delegate any official representative to the
opening ceremony of XXIXe Beijing Olympic, and to make pressures on the
government of Canada so that, it is not represented at the opening
ceremony either.

"the violation of the people’s rights in China, and in particular within
the framework of the recent events in Tibet, just as the attacks with
the freedom of the press which result in the blocking of electronic
sites, could amply justify that the government of Quebec refuse to take
part, through a representative, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic
Games, in the summer of 2008.

The Quebec government should make pressures on the government of Canada
so that it is not represented at the time of the opening ceremonies of
XXIXe Olympiad ", declared the MP for Mercier. Mr. Turp pointed out that
several Heads of State and government decided to boycott the opening
ceremonies of the « Games » in Beijing: Angela Merkel, German
chancelière, Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, Vaclav Klaus,
president of the Czech Republic, and Gordon Brown, British Prime
Minister. The Secretary-general of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon,
also announced that it would boycott the opening of the Games. "As other
nations which maintain the economic and cultural relationship with
China, Quebec must take part in this movement of boycott of the opening
ceremony to make known its concern on the situation of the rights of the
person and the freedom of the press in China", indicated Mr. Turp. The
MP specifies that it is not a question to deprive the Québécois
athletes, who have involved themselves for several years, to take part
in these Olympic Games. "the stake is political and not sportsmanship.
There is no question of preventing our athletes from putting forward
proudly their sporting talent, but it would not be acceptable, at the
time of the opening ceremony, that Quebec delegates or any official
representative of Canada, be represented there ", concluded Daniel Turp.
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