Canadian government didn’t want to thank Taiwan. So, I did.

I wrote a letter to President Tsai Ing-wen and the people of Taiwan after Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne refused to thank Taiwan for the donation of half a million masks. And I received a response from the President Tsai Ing-wen’s office.

Dear President Tsai Ing-wen and the people of Taiwan,

You came to our aid in our hour of need by donating half a million masks to our frontline healthcare workers. Your act of generosity comes at a time when our nation is grappling with a personal protective equipment shortfall that’s putting medical workers and vulnerable Canadians at risk. We are being price-gouged by manufacturers in the People’s Republic of China, who are also sending us defective equipment.

I’m ashamed that our cowardly Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne refuses to thank you for your act of kindness. Mr. Champagne’s ungrateful silence is even more shameful considering he was quick to personally thank the People’s Republic of China, even though most of the China’s donated masks were found to be defective and of no use to us.

Our politicians may be beholden to Canada but our citizens are not. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your most generous donation, which will save the lives of our frontline healthcare workers as well as those they care for.

Thank you

Rohana Rezel

Here’s the response I received.

Dear Mr. Rezel,

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your May 8, 2020 email.

As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is obligated to help other countries prevent the spread of COVID-19. So we are more than happy to donate personal protective equipment to Canada and many other countries as an act of friendship and solidarity.

To contain this pandemic and preserve public health and livelihoods, we must all work together to provide mutual assistance. We can assure you that Taiwan will continue to find ways to actively cooperate with countries around the world to overcome this challenge and contribute to global health.

We thank you for your kind words and encouragement, and wish you all the best.


Office of the President