Thursday, March 23, 2023

China meddling in Canadian democracy - update II

Liberal MP Han Dong has resigned in disgrace. It was revealed he privately advised a senior Chinese diplomat in February 2021 that Beijing should hold off freeing Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. The man is a Chinese agent in everything but name. He will continue to pollute parliament sitting as an independent.
National Security Adviser Jody Thomas confirmed foreign interference in Canadian elections, which has been a persistent and growing threat, coming largely from China. Thomas also spoke of the ongoing leaks of government intelligence that have grown to become a major concern. There are increasing calls for a public inquiry. 11 Liberal candidates were assisted by China.

Until recently, the Liberals adopted a strangely benign stance toward interference from Beijing. It now seems that there was a political will to do so. That has changed as facts emerge. Canada’s security agencies, including CSIS, warned the Liberal party that some of its candidates were being helped by the Chinese government. This warning was ignored. Global News alleged that Han Dong, MP for Don Valley North, was aided in the win in his riding in the 2019 election by the Chinese consulate in Toronto.

Trudeau said he was 'extremely lucky and happy' to have Dong.
According to Global, the Chinese consulate bused in seniors and Chinese students to vote en mass for Dong in the nomination contest that was fiercely contested by other Liberal candidates. Dong is notable for refusing to vote on the Liberal's Uyghur genocide motion. 322 MPs who were in the chamber voted for the motion. Which master does this dog answer to?