OTTAWA—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired the country’s ambassador to China after he sparked an uproar by saying a senior Huawei Technologies Co. executive arrested at U.S. request had a good case to fight extradition.
Mr. Trudeau on Saturday said “I asked for and accepted John McCallum’s resignation” as Canada’s chief envoy in Beijing. In the statement announcing his dismissal, Mr. Trudeau thanked Mr. McCallum for his work over the years as an influential lawmaker.
Two days later, on Thursday, Mr. McCallum issued a statement saying he misspoke, and regretted talking about legal aspects of Ms. Meng’s case. But the day after that statement expressing regret, he told local media it would be in Canada’s interest if the U.S. Department of Justice dropped the extradition request. “That would be great,” he told the Toronto Star.