Chinese interference in elections: Trudeau 'uninformed', Lametti cautious

Spread the love

Chinese interference in elections: Trudeau “uninformed”, Lametti cautious

The few exchanges between Justin Trudeau and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit were tense.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Tuesday morning that he had not been made aware of a possible financing by China of several candidates in the federal elections, when his Minister of Justice, David Lametti, instead insisted on recalling the importance of not disclosing certain information relating to national security.

Two speeches and two complementary lines of communication, therefore, to answer questions from journalists while a committee meeting on foreign interference in the elections is being held in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Asked about what he knew about allegations of Chinese maneuvers published by Global News, Mr. Trudeau highlighted the creation of a committee of senior officials and intelligence leaders to ensure that in 2019 and 2021, there is no interference in our electoral process, and that the elections are held as they should be.

During regular meetings with this committee, no information on the financing of federal candidates by China was transmitted to him, assured Mr. Trudeau on his arrival at a meeting of the Council of Ministers: With regard to the interference in our system election, the idea of ​​financing our candidates from the main parties, I have never had any information on this from the intelligence services that keep me up to date on these issues.

This committee was born in the wake of the elections of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron to prevent foreign powers from influencing the outcome of federal elections in Canada, said the Prime Minister. We wanted to make sure it didn't happen in Canada, he said.

“There were reports in 2019 and 2021 that confirmed that the integrity of the election was not compromised.

—Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

However, he did not specify whether these reports will be made public when a journalist asked him the question on the fly as he left the press scrum, preferring to end the interview with a denunciation of people [who] play games. we've seen south of the border when they argue that elections are illegitimate because of some foreign interference.

In his short response However, Mr. Trudeau acknowledged an increase in foreign interference in Canadian affairs over the past decade, and specifically cited China, Russia and Iran.

We know that for many years China and other countries have been interfering, he said. We are talking about unofficial police headquarters, pressure from the local media, there are different ways of interfering.

Interrogated in the process on the same issue, the Justice Minister David Lametti justified the anonymity of the MPs involved in the case on a matter of national security.

We know this is a serious matter, our security services take it seriously, and when dealing with matters of national security you must act very carefully, argued the Minister of Justice.

He suggested that the confidentiality of certain intelligence-related information prevailed over the right to transparency of citizens.

It is obvious that x27; there is a need for transparency, but there is also a need for our security services to protect their sources, to protect the methods by which they collect information.

According to the Global report, which brought the issue of attempted foreign interference to the forefront, unnamed sources claimed that the Prime Minister was informed last January that China had notably financed the least 11 candidates in the 2019 federal election.

On November 14, the Liberals supported a resolution introduced by the Conservatives to a House of Commons parliamentary committee to extend the investigation into foreign interference to discuss media reports that the Communist Party Chinese worked to influence the 2019 federal election.

Liberals say they supported the motion because they believe the Global report raises questions officials need to answer .

The resolution calls on the government to provide all relevant briefing notes, memoranda and documents presented to the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet on this matter within ;one week.

The Standing Committee on Procedure and House of Commons Affairs met at noon on Tuesday. Elections Canada Director General Stéphane Perrault appears before MPs.

With information from La Presse canadienne

Previous Article
Next Article