Canada must call on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. It won’t be the first time Canadian leadership on the world stage meant taking a risk to stand up for human dignity.
In 1985, in a hallway outside the United Nations General Assembly, Brian Mulroney added a few words into his speech – words that had been taken out by officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
He marched into the hall and put Canada on the right side of history. He called out apartheid in South Africa for what it was. He threatened economic relations within the Commonwealth over it. He did not follow U.S. President Ronald Reagan or U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Canada’s two closest allies, as neither of them were willing to take the same stand at that point.