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Should Canada boycott the 2022 Olympics in Beijing?

As pressure builds for Canada to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former ambassador to China David Mulroney explains why he thinks taking this stand is the moral move.
Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on Sept. 4, 2018. This centre, situated between regional capital Urumqi and tourist spot Turpan, is among the largest known ones, and was still undergoing extensive construction and expansion at the time the photo was taken. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are just a year away, and pressure is building for Canada to take a stand against China by boycotting them in response to China's imprisonment of the "Two Michaels" and the ongoing human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority.

This week, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole called what's happening there a genocide, and insisted the games should be relocated. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reluctant to use the word "genocide" at all. 

Today, former Canadian ambassador to China David Mulroney discusses why he calls what's happening to Uighurs in China a genocide, and the difficult stand he thinks Canada needs to take.