The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) alleged that China “clandestinely and deceptively” interfered in the last two elections in 2019 and 2021. PM Trudeau’s Liberal Party won both polls, and set up a commission on foreign interference after media reports.

Edited by Aveek Banerjee

India TV

April 10, 2024

Ottawa: Canada’s domestic spy agency concluded that China interfered in the last two elections, an official probe heard on Monday, marking the firmest evidence so far of suspected Chinese meddling in Canadian politics. This comes after a commission into foreign interference was set up by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following pressure from opposition legislators unhappy about reports on China’s possible role.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party won both the elections, held in 2019 and 2021. The commission was shown a slide on Monday containing an extract of a February 2023 briefing from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). “We know that the PRC (Peoples’ Republic of China) clandestinely and deceptively interfered in both the 2019 and 2021 elections,” it said.

“In both cases, these FI (foreign interference) activities were pragmatic in nature and focused primarily on supporting those viewed to be either ‘pro-PRC’ or ‘neutral’ on issues of interest to the PRC government,” it added. However, China has so far denied its involvement in Canadian politics.

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