Chinese Election Interference in Canada: Justin Trudeau’s Final Scandal?
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is no stranger to scandal, but his latest is more concerning than usual. His previous violations usually involved selfish abuses of power. But now he is facing accusations of security breaches that are tied to China.
Trudeau is Friendly With China
Leaks from the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) show that China saw Trudeau as friendly to their Beijing’s policies and wanted him to win government. The opposing Conservatives, not so much. This comes as no surprise to those familiar with his past comments admiring China’s “basic dictatorship.” The new reports say that the CCP secretly funded 11 candidates in the 2019 election. Nine of them were Liberals and two were also Conservatives. The report does not say who the Conservatives were or why they were funded.
The Chinese Communist Party was Funding Candidates
Not only was the CCP funding candidates, they likely had a hand in nominating them as well. According to latest reports, Han Dong was handpicked by the Chinese Consul to be the Liberal candidate for one Toronto riding. The Consulate allegedly bussed Chinese students and seniors in from other ridings to vote. The students and seniors were given letters with false addresses within the riding and pressured to nominate Dong. The students were told that their visas would be in jeopardy if they failed to comply.
A Warning for Trudeau
CSIS allegedly warned the Liberals about all this but took no action. Trudeau was even urged by the Intelligence Agency to pull Dong’s nomination, but Dong went on win and even sit in Parliament. When reporters asked about the alleged warning, Trudeau responded by citing “anti-Asian” racism. He also said the leaks were “inaccurate,” and that the Liberals were above any security concerns: “It is not up to unelected security officials to dictate to political parties who can or cannot run.” You read that right. In Trudeau’s eyes, political parties trump intelligence agencies because personal preferences are more important than national safety.
Trudeau’s Coalition Partner Calls for an Independent Inquiry
The CSIS leaks have yet to be verified but Canada is already on notice. Even Trudeau’s coalition partner, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democrat Party, is calling for an independent inquiry:
When Canadians learn about possible foreign interference through leaked documents, confidence in our democracy is put at risk.
I am calling for a fully independent and non-partisan public inquiry to shine a light into alleged Chinese interference.
Please see my full statement: pic.twitter.com/Y7ZG5CGFEg
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) February 27, 2023
Trudeau’s Long List of Scandals
Canadians have too often turned a blind eye to Trudeau’s scandals. Abuses of power and financial intrigue have been the norm. No PM has ever faced so many allegations of ethics violations. The list is long: SNC Lavalin, the Arrive Can app, the Aga Khan Foundation, We Charity, and Blackface.
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We’ve known for too long what our PM is capable of. Why Canadians continue to let our leader publicly lie is beyond me. This time, though, the scandal is of a different quality. Reluctant as we may be, it’s hard to see Canadians let Trudeau slide this time. Let’s hope accountability finally comes.
Angelos Kyriakides loves to write about current events, apologetics, spiritual healing and theology. He holds an M.A. In Theological Studies from Regent College and currently serves as a Youth and Young Adult Pastor in Southern Ontario, Canada. He is also blessed with a loving family in his wife and two rambunctious children.