Pierre Poilievre says Justin Trudeau has “failed to protect” Canada from China’s influence after it was revealed China interfered in the 2019 election

On November 9, Pierre Poilievre commented after the Global News alleged that China interfered in the 2019 Canadian federal election.

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In a recent investigation by the Global News, the outlet alleges that Canadian intelligence officials warned “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that China has allegedly been targeting Canada with a vast campaign of foreign interference, which includes funding a clandestine network of at least 11 federal candidates running in the 2019 election”. 

Global News alleges that “a series of briefings and memos” were given to Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet members in January, with allegations including “examples of Beijing’s efforts to further its influence and, in turn, subvert Canada’s democratic process,”. 

Global News found “Based on recent information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), those efforts allegedly involve payments through intermediaries to candidates affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), placing agents into the offices of MPs in order to influence policy, seeking to co-opt and corrupt former Canadian officials to gain leverage in Ottawa, and mounting aggressive campaigns to punish Canadian politicians whom the People’s Republic of China (PRC) views as threats to its interests.”

In the investigation, CSIS told Global News that  “The Chinese Communist Party … is using all elements of state power to carry out activities that are a direct threat to our national security and sovereignty,”.

In response to this story, Pierre Poilievre said “It’s very troubling that the prime minister has known about allegations about foreign interference in Canadian elections since last January and he hasn’t taken any action,”.

“No foreign government should have any influence over our elections or our future. That should reside in the hands of Canadians. And so far, that has not been the case with the prime minister. He has failed to protect our democracy.”

Poilievre said it is necessary for Trudeau to explain to Canadians what he knew about Chinese interference in Canadian elections and how he responded to the threat.

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