Canada releases report on foreign election interference, says China is the biggest threat behind it

Justice Marie-Josée Hogue, who is investigating whether Canada is subject to foreign interference, released her first stage report, finding that foreign powers did in fact interfere in Canadian elections and that China was the biggest “perpetrator.” confirmed that he was a person. The report named two Chinese-American politicians who may have found themselves in different situations due to Chinese government interference. Dong Hanpeng was elected to the National Assembly, but Zhao Jinrong lost.

Canada plans to strengthen laws to prevent foreign interference

After 21 days of public hearings and investigations, hearing testimony from more than 70 witnesses and considering tens of thousands of pieces of information, Hogg’s commission of inquiry concluded that foreign powers were involved in Canada’s 2019 and 2021 federal elections. concluded that there was interference. China was “the most persistent and subtle threat of foreign intervention.”

But Mr Hogg stressed that the intervention would not affect the government’s ultimate power and that the Liberal Party would remain in power in any case. She warned the government not to ignore the issue. She said: “Foreign interference does occur and is a serious threat. Although it is unlikely to be completely eliminated, we must still do our best to detect and prevent it.”

Mr Hogg said Chinese interference had affected the voting behavior of some voters and tainted the voting process in some individual constituencies.

The 242-page report found strong indications that during the 2019 election, buses were carrying Chinese students for on-site voting during the Liberal Party’s nomination campaign in Greater Toronto’s Don Valley North constituency. I specifically pointed out what happened. Liberal Party candidate Dong Hanpeng. Dong Hanpeng was later elected to the National Assembly. Mr. Hogg believes that he cannot rule out the possibility that Chinese interference may have influenced the nomination results in this constituency.

Hogg also said that during the 2021 election, he was exposed to a large amount of disinformation against him in the media and on the internet after then-Conservative Member of Parliament for Richmond, B.C., Zhao Jinrong proposed the Foreign Influence Registration Act. He also mentioned that. Therefore, “it is quite possible (or doubtful) that Zhao Jinrong lost his seat due to the potential influence of Beijing.”

Zhao Jinrong said this was a belated relief for him personally, but it was damaging to Canadian democracy and voters. He said the saddest thing is not that we lost the election, but that under foreign interference people could blindly choose a party that goes against their values. “Because they were manipulated, gave up their own well-being, and were taken advantage of by malicious countries.”

Foreign interference tactics mentioned in the comprehensive report include bribery, extortion, and attacks, such as providing financial support to candidates. Refusing to provide travel documents to members of diaspora communities or threatening to harass family members in their countries of origin. and operation. The media spreads misinformation. Attacking the electoral system via the internet. Foreign governments use intermediaries to carry out these tactics to hide the true identity of their foreign enemies.

“We will continue to use the methods and tools we have to combat foreign interference and prevent some countries from undermining our democracy,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

The Chinese Embassy in Canada responded to the report, saying that China’s interference in Canada’s internal affairs is a complete political lie.

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