OTTAWA, Canada—Some Canadian parliamentarians believe a regime change in China is on the horizon with so many people having quit the Chinese Communist Party.
One hundred and eighty four million have renounced all ties to the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations since 2004 as part of a grass roots “Quit the CCP” movement.
“Chinese people, in the near future, will have a new government, a democratic government, that respects the rule of law and basic human rights,” predicted Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, who fled South Vietnam after communists took over south Vietnam in the 1975.
“Now that more than 100 million members have already quit the CCP, the communist regime has to go, China has to change,” he said.
The quit CCP movement started ten years ago when the Chinese language edition of the Epoch Times published the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
The book delves into the atrocities committed under communism and shows how it has changed the Chinese culture since the communists took power in China in 1949.
“I am very optimistic big change will happen in China. It will happen sooner than most people expected,” predicted member of Parliament (MP), Wladyslaw Lizon from Mississauga.
Lizon is from Poland. He said growing up, most people didn’t believe the Communist dictatorship would fall in their lifetimes. Then in 1989, communism in Poland fell apart. Central and Eastern European countries, as well as Russia, started to transition from Communism around that time as well.
“Through peaceful transformation, big changes not only happened in our lifetime, it has been 25 years now,”said Lizon.
Member of Parliament from Calgary, Rob Anders, cited the research of Erica Chenoweth, associate professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver: when there is a critical mass of 3.5% or more of the population participating in peaceful resistance, it usually triggers political change.
“That is the future of China,” said Anders. “If there is a change of heart in the current Chinese leadership, there could be a peaceful transformation from a Communist regime to another regime.”
Anders attended a human rights conference in Hong Kong a few years back and he told people at the venue to rip up their membership cards and denounce the CCP.
“That was my proudest moment,” said Anders.
Anders believes that the western world has a role to play as well. It can start by calling a spade a spade, he says, like how Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire.”
“The Chinese Communist regime imprisons more people, tortures more people, kills more people than any other regime on the face of the earth combined. It is important that we do not turn a blind eye,” he said.