- Jul 23, 2016
Has he been checked for Jeffrey Epstein connections?Nope. He has some pretty close ties with China so we shouldn't be surprised that "no public inquiry is needed".
Yeah, because that's what Chinese interference is all about, Jeffrey Epstein.Has he been checked for Jeffrey Epstein connections?
Not that I’ve read yet.Has he been checked for Jeffrey Epstein connections?
Snicker. Yeah, like a chump-change Canadian demi-politician could get an invite to Nubile Island. . .
I hear he was seen in a Chinese restaurant. . .Yeah, because that's what Chinese interference is all about, Jeffrey Epstein.
Fuck off Tec. Johnston has professed that it would be “wonderful” if all Canadians learned to speak Chinese — his three daughters have done so, having attended several universities in China. When he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nanjing University in 2012, Johnston had already made more than a dozen visits to China. As president of the University of Waterloo, Johnston oversaw the establishment of one of China’s propaganda-and-espionage Confucius Institutes. He has met Xi Jinping several times and has accompanied several trade delegations to China.I hear he was seen in a Chinese restaurant. . .
So. . . fucking. . . what?Fuck off Tec. Johnston has professed that it would be “wonderful” if all Canadians learned to speak Chinese — his three daughters have done so, having attended several universities in China. When he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nanjing University in 2012, Johnston had already made more than a dozen visits to China. As president of the University of Waterloo, Johnston oversaw the establishment of one of China’s propaganda-and-espionage Confucius Institutes. He has met Xi Jinping several times and has accompanied several trade delegations to China.
Quite apart from his Trudeau Foundation connections, Johnston’s own Rideau Hall Foundation boasts several key figures from the Canada-China trade establishment among its leading lights. From Paul Desmarais III, whose family founded the Canada-China Business Council to Dominic Barton, the global corporate champion of China’s state-capitalist empire and briefly the Trudeau government’s ambassador to China, the Rideau Hall Foundation board is a minor who’s-who of Beijing’s collaborators in this country.
The House of Commons has voted 172-149 in favour of a public inquiry. Canada’s elected representatives should mind their own business, and a public inquiry would disturb the confidence of Canadians in their government’s abilities to detect and defeat the intrusions of a hostile foreign state into the political life of the country. “I have concluded it would not serve a useful purpose to enhance trust,” Johnston concluded.
Terry Glavin: David Johnston escapes inquiry into his own China dealings — National PostThe former governor general is a poster boy for 'elite capture'apple.news
There will be no public inquiry into the steady stream of shocking headlines (or “media allegations” as Johnston calls them) to the effect that Beijing’s emissaries and their wealthy Mandarin bloc friends in Greater Toronto and Metro Vancouver exerted themselves with unseemly and apparently illegal enthusiasms in the Liberal party’s favour during the 2019 and 2021 federal elections.
There will be no public inquiry into this catastrophic mess, Johnston has conveniently ruled. His pretexts are a hodgepodge of contradiction and brazen misdirection.
A public inquiry would be “a clear overlap with the work I have already started doing,” Johnston declares. A commissioner appointed under the Inquiries Act would have powers to order documents and subpoena witnesses to testify truthfully about what Beijing has been up to, but “I do not need the subpoena powers” provided by the Inquiries Act, Johnston advises.
Johnston’s connections to the prime minister should have disqualified him from being appointed, not because the former governor general is incapable of performing his duties objectively, but because reasonable Canadians will find it difficult to accept Johnston’s conclusions were not influenced in some way.
Trudeau has described Johnston as a “family friend” and as a friend of Trudeau’s father. Johnston is involved with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, as a “member” who advises and helps select the board of directors. The foundation is, of course, implicated in allegations the Chinese government tried to use it to influence Justin Trudeau ahead of the 2015 election. That doesn’t mean Johnston himself is implicated, but someone with more distance from the matters being investigated would have clearly been preferable.
As head of the federal leaders debate commission, Johnston appointed WE Charity cofounder Craig Kielburger to the advisory board. A Trudeau friend appointing someone whose charity regularly paid Trudeau family members to speak at events and was granted a plum government contract in 2020, is the sort of thing that is just expected in Liberal circles, it seems.
Carson Jerema: Trudeau 'family friend' David Johnston not the man to restore election confidence — National PostThere is no indication that Johnston is anything but a man of integrity, which is why he should have turned down the special rapporteur jobapple.news
Not that I’ve read yet.
I think it’s irrelevant that it’s the Chinese, or the Redz under the Bedz, or some other player(s) from the Middle East to Martians, it’s the fact that it’s happening.I guess the Reds under the bed turned yellow.
But there's the continuing thread of "our culture isn't strong enough to endure exposure to another culture." Gutless.
No , he is a stooge for the liberals .Meh.
More I hear/read, the more I still think that yes, there needs to be a 'public inquiry' but not one that shows our secrets.
And if the party leadership have to STFU over things they're shown, then so be it. I would think though then if they stopped being so pushy about needing to "see the goods" as it were, after seeing the classified stuff, that'd be clear enough that they were convinced that Johnston made the right decision.
If they do push even after, then they disagree and things are no worse off.
He may be all those things to Trudeau but he could also be called a lot of things for Cons too - Harper trusted the man, Libs assumed he was Mulroney's man - so this back and forth "partisan" stuff is BS.
That said, Personally I do not trust the Chinese Government what so fucking ever. So yeah, I can see them interfering, maybe not directly, in our shit. I can see them doing a lot of things, actually and I still think the world needs to see them for the threat they are.
That he likes the Chinese and his kids got educated in China, fine, that's on him, and I can understand why that'd suddenly be suspicious. But I don't think he's a stooge for the Chinese.
It's clearly the goal of the small-c conservatives (I have no idea whether it's an official goal of the CPC).I think it’s irrelevant that it’s the Chinese, or the Redz under the Bedz, or some other player(s) from the Middle East to Martians, it’s the fact that it’s happening.
Voter Confidence is in the toilet, and maybe that was the ultimate goal with the Interference (?) but that’s what it is currently. If the Trudeau Gov’t wasn’t so AgaKahn/SNC/WE,etc…riden, the “Just Trust Us” thing might fly, but they’re not & it’s not, so it won’t.