“This advice was partisan in nature and encouraged the government of China to take specific actions in order to influence Canada’s democratic process,” says Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt in letter.
The Conservatives are calling for CSIS to investigate the disturbing comments made by former Liberal Ambassador John McCallum, in which he sought to have China interfere in Canada’s upcoming federal election.
In a letter to the head of CSIS – David Vigneault – Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt and Public Safety Critic Pierre Paul-Hus said the remarks need to be looked into:
“This advice was partisan in nature and encouraged the government of China to take specific actions in order to influence Canada’s democratic process. This is highly inappropriate, for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is the fact the Government of China continues to arbitrarily detain two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and has taken other hostile actions towards Canada,” the letter states.
“Canadians expect that the upcoming election will be conducted in a free and fair manner, and that any and all incidents of foreign interference will be fully investigated, with action taken to prevent said interference. We believe Mr. McCallum’s actions, as confirmed by his own public statements, deserve the utmost scrutiny of your agency,” Raitt and Paul-Hus added.
There must be an investigation
McCallum’s comments are appalling, as someone who is a part of Canada’s currently governing party and who was recently an ambassador is openly calling for a ruthless Communist State to interfere in our election.
This represents a serious threat to our country and our democracy, with the potential of undermining and manipulating our election and subverting our nation.
That’s why there must be an investigation.
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