From the viewpoint of election law, it seems like some things should happen.

1. Everyone involved in interference should be expelled or otherwise face judicial proceedings.

2. Elections Canada should inform voters of what happened, that those responsible have been removed and inform them of increased security measures. One could be a hotline to a task centre designed to address issues of coercion. Csis would ensure that those working there are vetted.

3. There should be a run-off election.

This would restore trust if managed well. Though we can expect those who benefit from corruption to mislabel this as racism. Another factor is bribery and “donations” - this is difficult to track as family members might be the recipient, and money may be made available in a secret overseas account. We know Trudeau had a record level of foreign donations publicly made and through his foundation. These are major red flags that “the safety of all Canadians” is not likely as high a priority as the wishes of those paying him.

We have an issue where the rcmp and judiciary appear to give unlimited deference to the ruling party, rather than acting as a healthy check on power overreach. This needs to be addressed. When we hear of unqualified people becoming judges because they donated to a certain party, it is no surprise when their rulings are grossly biased.

Sadly there seems little hope of a change of heart from those who benefit from and participate in the corruption we are seeing in real time. Though i applaud any liberal mps and public servants who have spoken out and worked against these things. Ndp i hope can wake up--though their typical stance appears to be more blind than most others sadly.

Expand full comment

Thank you once again. I suggest readers forward these articles on Twitter, Facebook etc. The more people getting valuable information that Cooper always provides, the better.

Expand full comment
Jul 20·edited Jul 20

Terry Glavin recently wrote a piece about the 1985 Air India crash and mentioned that Canadians appeared to consider it an external problem. Same here perhaps. 'Multiculturalism' has taught us that cultural differences should be celebrated, even encouraged and that we should keep our noses out of their business. I can see why when problems develop within these communities, we tend to do just that.

Expand full comment

I'm really interested in this important issue, and Thank You for reporting on it!

However, you lost me when you kept mentioning and quoting the interviewee about the alleged harassment without providing reported examples or more specific information about what the alleged harassment actually is. It undermines the credibility of your narrative and makes it hard for the reader to connect to the piece.

Expand full comment
Jul 23·edited Jul 23

Really enjoyed Nelly Shin's perspective. The way she frames national security is, I think, really healthy and a way forward for people discussing this at home, at work, and in the media - it disarms some of the misunderstandings that can sometimes arise from these topics.

Would love to hear from someone within the Chinese diaspora/diaspora rights group in Canada too, to explain how communities have been impacted. Helps build more perspective both for those tackling/learning about foreign interference and the skeptics who think the topic is fueled by other reasons.

Expand full comment