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Kevin Garratt free after high-stakes campaign with China

In a statement, Mr. Trudeau credited the work of those in Ottawa and Beijing.

“The government of Canada has been seized of this case at the highest levels. We want to thank consular officials who work behind the scenes every day in support of Canadians abroad,” Mr. Trudeau said in a statement.

“We remain deeply impressed by the grace and resilience of the Garratt family, especially Kevin and Julia.”

The senior official insisted there was no quid pro quo – even in the face of three things the Chinese want from Canada: the approval of an oil pipeline to the West Coast; lifting of limits on Chinese state investment in the oil sands; and an extradition treaty to send back allegedly corrupt Chinese officials living in Canada.

“Absolutely not,” the official said.