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Chinese 'police stations': RCMP has credible information

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The Center Sino-Québec in Brossard is one of the organizations targeted by the RCMP. (Archive photo)

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À following the recent announcement of a lawsuit against them for defamation concerning the supposed presence of clandestine Chinese “police stations” in Quebec, the RCMP wanted to confirm that its agents act on the basis of &#x27 ;“credible” information.

On Wednesday, two Chinese community organizations in the Montreal area and their director announced that they would file a defamation suit against the RCMP for claiming that clandestine Chinese government police stations were operating from their premises.

The organizations concerned, namely the Chinese Family Service of Greater Montreal and the Center Sino-Québec de la Rive- South, have been accused of serving as a basis for harassing and intimidating members of the Chinese community in Canada—allegations that relevant agencies deny.

Last year, the RCMP said it was investigating “alleged Chinese police stations in Quebec” and told reporters that the two community centers were part of the investigation.

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These organizations are now seeking more than $4.9 million in damages, claiming among other things that the allegations cost them $3.2 million, some of which was in the form of lost government funding.

The information communicated to us was sufficiently credible for us to open an investigation, said Mike Duheme, Commissioner of the RCMP, on the show Les glaces du verre< /em>.

This is not the first time we have been sued for investigating.

A quote from RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme

This investigation is still ongoing.

The Sino-Québec Center of the South Shore and its director Xixi Li — who also acts as a municipal councilor in Brossard and as director of Chinese Family Services of Greater Montreal — are also suing the mayor of the municipality, Doreen Assaad, for some of his comments on Facebook published after the RCMP's allegations were made public. Ms. Li is seeking $49,000 and the organization $19,000 for damage to their reputation.

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Xixi Li, the general director of Chinese Family Services of Greater Montreal and the Center Sino-Québec de la Rive-Sud. (Archive photo)

The RCMP investigation is part of a broader debate surrounding allegations that China interfered in Canada's last two federal elections, in addition to carrying out espionage and intellectual property theft.

With information from Catharine Tunney of CBC

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116