Opinion:Trudeau’s Bid to Conceal Compromised MPs Further Reveals Disconnect with Canadian Voters
来源: 大中网/096.ca 南茜(Nancy Jin)

In 2022, a media report, based on leaked intelligence, revealed that at least 11 federal election candidates had received a large clandestine transfer of funds from the Chinese Consulate during the 2019 and 2021 campaigns. This revelation sparked widespread demands for the release of the names of the involved politicians. However, Prime Minister Trudeau dismissed the intelligence as hearsay. Two years later, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) uncovered more alarming findings. Their investigation showed that foreign government influence activities had deeply penetrated the Canadian political system, with some parliamentarians allegedly aiding foreign states in meddling with Canadian democracy.  



The recent NSICOP investigation, conducted by a multi-party committee, confirmed that the conduct of some elected MPs went beyond merely accepting funds from foreign governments, which were channeled through community groups or businesses controlled by foreign diplomats. Furthermore, these MPs frequently and inappropriately communicated with foreign states ahead of their political campaigns to secure support from foreign missions. Spanning 94 pages, the national security committee's report unveils a deeply shocking and disturbing level of foreign interference in the Canadian political system. It further reveals that compromised MPs provided foreign diplomatic officials with "privileged information on the work or opinions of fellow parliamentarians." Certain parliamentarians also responded to requests from foreign actors to "improperly influence parliamentary colleagues to benefit another country", and disclosed confidential government information to "a known intelligence officer or foreign state." Emerging two years after Trudeau’s initial denial of knowledge about the 11 names alleged in 2022 CSIS intelligence reports, these findings suggest that his attempts to dismiss the issue were unsuccessful. Instead, these names have come back to haunt him.



The unsettling revelations clearly struck a nerve with Trudeau, prompting him to immediately order the redaction of the implicated names. Amid heated controversy, Trudeau vigorously contested the report’s findings, employing his habitual tactics of discrediting intelligence. "The government respectfully disagrees with some of NSICOP’s findings because intelligence is not necessarily evidence and can be misinterpreted if not viewed as part of a more complete picture," he stated. Trudeau maintained his stance of disagreement despite knowing that the committee members he appointed—experts in legal and national security matters—had compiled the report after reviewing thousands of classified documents from the RCMP, CSIS, the Department of Justice, and Elections Canada, and after interviewing dozens of top government and intelligence officials.

调查报告中揭露的这些令人不安的现实显然触动了特鲁多的神经,令其坐卧不安,他立即命令委员会删除涉事议员名字。随着丑闻升级,特鲁多以其惯用的贬低情报可靠性的手段开始质疑调查结论,称:“自由党政府对国家安全与情报议会委员会(NSICOP)的某些调查结论持有异议。。。情报不一定是证据,如果断章取义,可能会被误解。” 持这一立场的特鲁多完全清楚,这些调查结论是这他所任命的,全部由法律和国家安全事务的专家构成的调查委员会成员,在审查了来自加拿大皇家骑警(RCMP)、加拿大安全情报局(CSIS)、加拿大司法部和加拿大选举委员会的数千份机密文件,并在采访了数十名政府和情报高级官员后做出的。


Trudeau’s stance appears increasingly out of touch with Canadian voters, who have shown more trust in the findings of the NSICOP report than in Trudeau and his government. They believe that the redacted names might reveal more disturbing details about Canada's compromised national security and the government's mishandling of foreign interference. Unsurprisingly, after NDP leader Jagmeet Singh read the unredacted report, he escalated the accusations against implicated MPs, labeling them "traitors" for their alleged collaborations with a foreign state.

特鲁多的立场与加拿大选民完全脱节,他们相信国家安全与情报议会委员会(NSICOP)的调查结果,胜过对特鲁多及其政府的信任。他们认为被删掉的名字会揭露出更多的有关加国政府对外国干预加拿大国家安全而所采取的视而不见,无动于衷态度和更多令人极度不安的细节。不出所料,新民主党领袖贾格米特·辛格(Jagmeet Singh)阅读了未被删节的报告文本后,他对涉事议员的指控升级,称他们因与外国政府的合作而成为地地道道的“叛国者“。

Singh's allegations have rekindled voter demand to uncover which elected representatives, deeply embedded in the heart of Canada's political system, have allegedly prioritized their personal gains over the interests of the electorate, even to the extent of betraying Canada to a foreign power. In a democratic society, voters are rightfully entitled—and indeed must know—the identities of those who have breached their trust, to prevent these key figures from further undermining the core integrity of the Canadian political system. The demand for transparency will not diminish; instead, it will grow as the Liberals continue their efforts to conceal these names from public scrutiny. These names will haunt Trudeau and his Liberals until the next election, especially as his troubled leadership faces unprecedented challenges to its survival.







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