Chinese influence on Canada runs deep: MP
Posted by Author on July 30, 2010
Renata D’aliesio, Postmedia News; With Files From Katherine Laidlaw, via The National Post, Friday, Jul. 30, 2010 –
China’s influence over Western politicians runs deeper than controversial claims made by the head of Canada’s spy agency, Conservative MP Rob Anders says.
In a recent interview with Epoch Times, an international newspaper founded by Falun Gong supporters, Mr. Anders suggested politicians and government officials from Canada and other countries are being wooed with extravagant gifts, beautiful women and too-good-to-be-true business deals.
“The reach is deep, and it’s very unfortunate,” the Calgary MP told the newspaper.
“I would argue that I’ve seen things happen on a federal level as well in our own government.”
Richard Fadden, director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service, faced a storm of criticism after saying last month that his agency suspects several municipal politicians in British Columbia and Cabinet ministers in at least two provinces had fallen under the influence of a foreign government.
“I think that Mr. Fadden only gingerly scratched the surface. I feel for him that he was dragged before an investigative committee with Parliament to have to explain, and I think that this situation is far worse than what he let on.”
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said the comments of Mr. Anders and Mr. Fadden are clouding the future of Canadian and Chinese relations.
“Casting aspirations and suspicion on any community does no good in Canada, certainly does no good in China,” said Mr. Ignatieff, who addressed an audience in Toronto’s Chinatown last night.
“If you’re running a serious relationship with a serious country you don’t say those kinds of things.” he added. “As my mother used to say, it’s bush league.”
Mr. Anders’ opinions have landed him in political trouble in the past. Last month, he apologized for a comment he wrote on a card to Canadian troops in Afghanistan: “When in doubt, pull the trigger.”
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