The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau came out in support of Liberal Party MP Han Dong. He is a candidate from the Scarborough area. Han Dong was elected in 2019 and won the seat again in 2021.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) alleged that he was supported by China during the 2019 elections.
There have been allegations from a local outlet about the involvement of China in his election campaign. The reason for his win is China’s involvement and funds. They alleged through their sources that Hong Dong was calling the Chinese consulate in Ontario. He was a good friend of the Chinese consulate.
Another claim was regarding the nomination process of the Liberal Party. This is creating a narrative that he is not loyal to the Canadians.
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Michael Chan – Target of Canadian Security Intelligence Service
It is alleged that Michael Chan is a Chinese agent. He provides the secret and confidential matters of Canada to the Chinese consulate. Therefore, the CSIS alleged that Han Dong is in contact with Michael Chan and that he is a target of the CSIS.
Justin Trudeau came out in support of MP Hong Dong
On Monday he was speaking at a public event in Mississauga. He said that anti-Asian racism is increasing in the country. This is linked to the pandemic and the concerns over loyalty.
Justin Trudeau said that Han Dong is an outstanding member. He said the narratives against him that he is not loyal to Canada are wrong.
The prime minister also expressed concern over the democratic institutions. He said these claims weaken the confidence and trust of people in democratic and political institutions.
Anti – China sentiment in Canada
The anti-China sentiment is increasing in Canada. The people of Canada have also expressed their concerns over the threat from China. They increased more after the Covid pandemic.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) reported to the Canadian government about the interference of China before the 2019 elections, but, There was no action from the government on the foreign interference network.
Trudeau receiving Backlash from China’s interference in internal politics
Trudeau has been facing the backlash of foreign interference for some time. Last week a report from the Canadian spy agency alleged the involvement of China in the 2019 elections. China is trying to disturb the democratic functioning of the country.
Trudeau dismissed the allegations made against him. Although, He expressed concern over the involvement of foreign networks and the leak of confidential documents.
The Reaction from the Opposition party
The opposition did not stay quiet. They have attacked Justin Trudeau for his support for China. The conservatives are not in favour of people in the Republic of China. They have openly criticised the Chinese government over different issues.
Therefore, Justin Trudeau was the perfect candidate for their interests. Therefore, he didn’t react to the warnings of Chinese involvement in the elections. Conservatives claim that China is behind the win of Justin Trudeau.
Canada Banned Tik Tok
On Monday, the Canadian government also banned Tik Tok. The reason behind the ban was national security concerns about the app. There were concerns over privacy and security. The app was leaking personal data and information.
The app has already been banned in the USA and India over data breaches and privacy concerns.