OTTAWA, ON (December 21, 2018): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to announce that Anastasia Lin has joined the Institute in the capacity of Ambassador on Canada-China Policy.

A world-renowned Chinese-Canadian human rights activist, Lin is best known for being selected to represent Canada at the 2015 Miss World pageant in China, only to be declared persona non grata by Chinese authorities for her outspoken views on the country’s abysmal human rights record.

Since then and despite intense pressure from China against Lin and her family, she has championed the cause of human rights throughout the media, at high-level speaking engagements, in national legislative bodies, and through her award-winning work as an actress and model.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Anastasia Lin on board with us,” said MLI Managing Director Dr. Brian Lee Crowley. “Her fearless and unparalleled leadership on human rights issues in China will make an important addition to MLI’s Dragon at the Door project.”

In her role as MLI Ambassador on Canada-China Policy, Lin will serve as a spokesperson in order to bring MLI’s work in this area to the largest possible global audience.

Having appeared in over 20 film and television productions, Lin’s work is often at the confluence of activism and acting, playing roles that carry messages of freedom, human rights, and ethics. Her activism led her to be one of eleven stakeholders selected to meet with then-Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird upon the establishment of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom.

“As our first MLI Ambassador, Anastasia Lin serves as a role model for what we hope to achieve at MLI: fearless thought-leadership on the public policy issues that matter most to Canadians.”

For her first product in association with MLI, Lin serves as spokesperson in our latest video. She explains why Canada cannot afford to be the weak link in the alliance of democracies when it comes to managing an increasingly aggressive and revisionist China. That video may be watched here.

For more information about Anastasia Lin’s involvement at MLI, media are invited to contact:

Brett Byers-Lane
Communications and Digital Media Manager
613-482-8327 x105

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