Canada lawmakers hear Hong Kong democracy activist over China’s objections

Martin Lee, the founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, waits to testify before the Commons foreign affairs committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

(Reuters) – Veteran Hong Kong democracy campaigner Martin Lee, testifying on Tuesday at a Canadian parliamentary committee over the objections of the Chinese government, appealed to Ottawa to stand with those struggling for democracy in Hong Kong.

“I hope the Canadian government and the Canadian Parliament will speak up for us at this difficult stage,” Lee told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee.

“If Hong Kong were to go down the slippery slope as now, Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city,” said Lee, a former legislator and one of the founders of Hong Kong’s main opposition Democratic Party.

Johanna Quinney, spokeswoman for Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson, responded that Canada has recently raised concerns regarding the treatment of political dissidents with senior Chinese leaders…