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LILLEY: Investigation needed on whether China interfered in Canada's election
Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Publishing date:Sep 23, 2021 • 6 hours ago • 3 minute read • 15 Comments
Kenny Chiu, the now-former Conservative MP for Stevenston Richmond East, says there was definitely a campaign of misinformation against him and other Conservative MPs.
Kenny Chiu, the now-former Conservative MP for Stevenston Richmond East, says there was definitely a campaign of misinformation against him and other Conservative MPs. PHOTO BY JASON PAYNE /POSTMEDIA FILES
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Last February, David Vigneault, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, gave a speech that warned of the potential for foreign interference in Canadian elections. The vote we had on Monday likely saw the very actions that Vigneault was warning about.

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This isn’t to say that the purported interference was substantial enough to change the outcome of the election, but it does appear that there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation.


Kenny Chiu, the now-former Conservative MP for Steveston-Richmond East, says there was definitely a campaign of misinformation against him and other Conservative MPs. He’s not blaming the Liberal opponent who won the riding on Monday night, but feels he was targeted by others due to his stance against the Chinese Communist party.

“There were anonymously authored articles posted on WeChat criticizing not just myself but my party, my leader,” Chiu said.

Chiu introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons this year meant to require anyone representing any foreign government in Canada to register as an agent of that government.

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Chiu said this was portrayed falsely in WeChat, a Chinese social media platform, as targeting everyday Chinese Canadians, which wasn’t the case.

Chiu, who was born in Hong Kong and is ethnically Chinese, was also blamed for spreading anti-Asian racism for criticizing China’s dictatorship. His support of a motion accusing China of genocide for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims was also used to criticize him as an enemy of China.

The criticisms of Chiu mirrored the criticisms that come from the Communist party in Beijing.

He noted that colleagues like Alice Wong, also from Hong Kong, was defeated, as was Bob Saroya, another Conservative MP who represented the riding of Markham-Unionville in Ontario. All three of these MPs were in ridings with a high number of Chinese Canadians.

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Liberals in similar ridings were re-elected on Monday. At several points, the Chinese government had made clear through comments by their ambassador and writings in state media that they did not want to see a Conservative government in Ottawa.

Is it possible that Beijing used agents in Canada to ensure their result and silence critics? In his February speech, Vigneault said that China engages in activities to “target and quiet dissidents to the regime.”

“A number of foreign states engage in hostile actions that routinely threaten and intimidate individuals in Canada to instil fear, silence dissent and pressure political opponents,” Vigneault said.


Chiu has been an outspoken and effective opponent of China’s government. It is not unreasonable to believe that they were behind these attempts to silence him and remove him from his position in Parliament.

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Charles Burton, a former Canadian diplomat who spent time at our embassy in Beijing, told Postmedia this week that an investigation should be launched. I’d have to say that I agree but I’m not hopeful because too often we don’t take these threats seriously, at least not at the political level.

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After the 2015 election, a report was submitted to Parliament detailing how American money had been used to fund third-party groups in Canada during that campaign. Nothing came of the report — it was ignored and foreign money can still be used to advance political causes in this country in the middle of an election.

Let’s hope the security officials take this issue more seriously than the politicians do, and that they speak loudly and publicly about what they find.

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Wouldn't surprise me. I think China has more influence in Canada than anyone thinks, otherwise why are the 2 Michaels still imprisoned?

I also suspect there are many companies that have Chinese connections via investments & influence.

Why on earth did it take so long for the Liberals to deny the selling of the mine up north to the Chinese? I'd bet dollars to donuts that if there wasn't hell raised about the potential purchase & how dangerous it would be to allow it, the Libs would have approved it to the detriment of the country. We're lucky they didn't but I would bet dollars to donuts they were at least thinking about approving it. I don't know but I would bet they were lobbied like hell by the CCP.
 

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BLIZZARD: Troubling tale of Liberal hypocrisy in Spadina — Fort York
Author of the article:Christina Blizzard
Publishing date:Sep 26, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 3 minute read • 10 Comments
MP Kevin Vuong says he will sit as an independent after winning his seat in Spadina — Fort York.
MP Kevin Vuong says he will sit as an independent after winning his seat in Spadina — Fort York. PHOTO BY BRYAN PASSIFIUME /Toronto Sun
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The bizarre case of Kevin Vuong — the former Liberal candidate who won in Toronto’s Spadina-Fort York riding in a tight race against the NDP — is deeply troubling.

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Days before last week’s election, news reports revealed Vuong was charged in 2019 with sexual assault, a charge dropped by the Crown later that year.


It was too late to take his name off the ballot, but Liberal Party officials initially asked Vuong to “pause” his campaign. Whatever that means.

Like the cynical Captain Louis Renault in the movie Casablanca, I’m “shocked, shocked,” to find a Liberal candidate accused of sexual impropriety in the middle of an election.

This is the same Liberal Party whose leader apparently forgot to tell party officials he’d posed for the camera wearing blackface. This is the same Liberal Party whose leader was accused of groping a young reporter in BC. She had the courage to go on the record and put her name to the allegations.

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Justin Trudeau sloughed it off, saying she, “may have experienced it differently.”

It’s breathtakingly hypocritical for the Liberal Party, that’s glossed over so much inappropriate behaviour on the part of its leader, to now express so much dismay about Vuong.

Vuong denies any wrongdoing and there’s no proof anything happened — just rumours and one anonymous accuser. Interestingly, no other women have come forward making similar claims against Vuong since this came to light, as often happens in cases of alleged sexual misconduct.

“I understood everything to be consensual and was always respectful of her boundaries,” Vuong said, in part, in a statement after the election.


In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. If now you’re barred from running for office because you were once charged and the charges were dropped — or you were tried and found not guilty — that’s setting a whole new high bar for politicians. And it’s one open to abuse.

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Liberals are outraged that Vuong lied to them during the vetting process, presumably for not disclosing the incident. How can he disclose something that legally didn’t happen?

Vuong says he won’t quit and will sit as an independent. That’s his right.

The seat belongs to the person, not the party. And his party was shockingly quick to denounce him. They should have stood by him and let him take his seat as a Liberal until a full investigation either cleared his name or resulted in charges.

If the allegations proved to be true, they should have asked him to step down at that point.

The Liberals need to apply the same standards of vetting to all their candidates. If Vuong is dropped for an accusation, then Trudeau should also step down.

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Without a trial or conviction, Vuong can’t even apply for a pardon. You can’t pardon what hasn’t been proven in a court of law. How can he ever clear his name?

A case that never went to court has now ended a man’s political career. This sets an unfortunate precedent and paves the way for future political takedowns.

Men, particularly, may now be vulnerable to scurrilous accusations by nameless, faceless accusers — founded or unfounded. It leaves them vulnerable to smear campaigns. Politics is an ugly business and some candidates will do anything to discredit an opponent.

The word candidate comes from the Latin, “candidus,” meaning shining white. In ancient Rome, candidates for office wore white robes. They were supposed to be unsullied.

In this country, we expect an exemplary standard from our elected officials. But we also shouldn’t throw mud at people who stand for office if there’s no direct evidence of wrongdoing.

It’s open season on the unwitting. Take your best shot.
 

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Privatize CBC!! To consider the PPC as "Nazi's" is disgusting. If anyone or anything is fascist, then the CBC is exactly what they accuse Maxime is. I love Maxime & he is correct, they're propagandists. The questions by journalists are incredibly stupid.
 

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Calgary-Skyview incumbent seeking to overturn election results
Newly-elected Liberal MP George Chahal was videotaped taking Conservative party flyer from a Calgary home the night before his election win

Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Sep 29, 2021 • 6 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal caught on camera allegedly removing an opponent's campaign flier on Sunday
Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal caught on camera allegedly removing an opponent's campaign flier on Sunday Courtesy Glenn Pennett
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The now-outgoing MP for Calgary-Skyview will ask an Alberta court to overturn the riding’s election results.

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Lawyers for Conservative incumbent Jag Sahota, who lost her seat to Liberal candidate and Calgary city councillor George Chahal in last week’s federal election, are in the process of filing an application in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to quash the results — owing to the ongoing investigation over a video seemingly showing Chahal remove one of her flyers from a Calgary home last week and replace it one of his own.


Declining to offer details as the application has yet to be filed, Kyle Shewchuk of Calgary’s Guardian Law Group confirmed that overturning the results in Calgary-Skyview is one of the resolutions being sought in court.

In a story first reported by the Toronto Sun, a doorbell camera caught Chahal removing one of Sahota’s flyers from Calgary resident Glenn Pennett’s front door the night before the election and replacing it with one of his own.

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Pennett told the Sun he had a Jag Sahota sign on his front lawn.

Chahal’s campaign manager Randall Zalazar admitted to the Sun that Chahal took the flyer, but claims it was because it contained incorrect information on where to vote on election day — but both Pennett and Sahota told the Sun it was Chahal’s flyer that directed voters to a non-existent polling place.

Liberal candidate George Chahal’s flyer, left, and Conservative Jag Sahota’s, right
Liberal candidate George Chahal’s flyer, left, and Conservative Jag Sahota’s, right
While Sahota’s flyer listed the correct ballot location for his postal code — a school just around the corner from his home — Chahal’s directed Pennett to vote at a school over 16 km. away, one that doesn’t appear on Elections Canada’s list of election day polling places.

Unlike other Liberal candidates who won on election night, Chahal kept himself out of sight since the story broke.

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Sources say Chahal was a no-show at rookie MP orientation day at Parliament Hill on Monday, but apparently presented himself in Ottawa on Wednesday.

On Friday, Calgary police confirmed their anti-corruption unit had commenced an investigation, but on Tuesday CBC Calgary reported the Commissioner of Canada Elections (CCE) had since taken carriage of the case, with CPS offering support.

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A Calgary police spokesperson declined comment on Wednesday, and the CCE routinely doesn’t disclose the disposition of complaints or if investigations are underway.

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NDP to request recount in Toronto's Davenport riding, where Liberals won by 76 votes
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Oct 04, 2021 • 6 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Davenport federal riding Liberal incumbent Julie Dzerowicz.
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OTTAWA — The NDP is to ask a judge for a recount in a Toronto seat where it lost to the Liberals by 76 votes.

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The New Democrats say they will go before a judge on Tuesday to ask for a recount in Davenport, a Toronto riding where it narrowly lost to the Liberals.


The result was one of the closest in the federal election.

Liberal Julie Dzerowicz defeated NDP candidate Alejandra Bravo with 42.1% of votes cast, compared to Bravo’s 42%.

The NDP wants every vote to be counted again, saying when votes were tallied during a “quick recount” after election day, 90 extra votes were “found” for the NDP.


A judicial recount is automatically triggered if the difference between the number of votes cast for the winner and the number of votes cast for any other candidate is less than one one-thousandth of the valid votes cast.

Although the margin in Davenport doesn’t call for an automatic recount, Bravo says she’s only 29 votes away from that threshold.

A recount is already happening in the Quebec riding of Chateauguay-Lacolle after a “potential anomaly” was discovered with a ballot box.
 
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Judicial recount gives Trudeau's Liberals one more victory in Quebec
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Oct 06, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Bloc Quebecois candidate for Chateauguay—Lacolle Patrick O'Hara, left, and Liberal incumbent Brenda Shanahan.
Bloc Quebecois candidate for Chateauguay—Lacolle Patrick O'Hara, left, and Liberal incumbent Brenda Shanahan. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /BLOC QUEBECOIS, LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA
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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have picked up another seat in Quebec after a judicial recount Wednesday.

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Elections Canada confirmed that incumbent Brenda Shanahan will be returning to Parliament after the recount declared her the winner in Chateauguay-Lacolle over her Bloc Quebecois rival by just 12 votes.


That overturns preliminary results from the Sept. 20 election, which had Shanahan losing to the Bloc’s Patrick O’Hara by 286 votes.

The recount bumps up the total number of seats won by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to 160, although the winner in one of them — Kevin Vuong in Toronto’s Spadina-Fort York — will be sitting as an Independent MP after failing to disclose to the party a past sexual assault charge that was ultimately dropped.


It boosts the Liberal seat tally in Quebec to 35, the same as the party won in 2019; the Bloc emerges with 32 seats, also unchanged from 2019.

The Conservatives took 10 seats in the province and the NDP one, also unchanged.

Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley said Trudeau is now the first prime minister since his late father, Pierre Trudeau, to win the most seats in Quebec three elections in a row.

The election returned Trudeau’s Liberals with a minority government, 10 seats short of the 170 needed for a majority.
 
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Recount in Toronto's Davenport stopped as Liberal confirmed victor
Julie Dzerowicz edged her NDP rival by only 76 votes

Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Oct 15, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Davenport federal riding Liberal incumbent Julie Dzerowicz.
Davenport federal riding Liberal incumbent Julie Dzerowicz.
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Elections Canada says a ballot recount in the federal Toronto riding of Davenport has been halted, with the Liberals confirmed as winners.

The New Democrats asked that votes be recounted after the Liberal candidate edged her NDP rival by only 76 votes in the Sept. 20 general election.


The recount was stopped after it became clear, while votes were being tallied, that the result would be the same.

As a result, incumbent Julie Dzerowicz holds the seat for the Liberals over the NDP’s Alejandra Bravo.


The Liberals said Dzerowicz had fought a strong, positive campaign and was looking forward to serving her Toronto constituents.

Davenport was the last recount to be completed, and now all general election results have been confirmed.
 

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The Liberal government is taking too long to get MPs back to work in Ottawa, the Opposition charged Friday, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Parliament will return Nov. 22

That means Parliament won’t resume until 63 days after the Sept. 20 federal election.

“That’s 63 days that Members of Parliament should be working in the House of Commons to address the pandemic, inflation, labour shortages, and a number of other issues important to Canadians,” Conservative House Leader Gérard Deltell said in a statement.

“It’s clear that the $600 million ‘urgent’ election was nothing more than a power grab for Justin Trudeau trying to secure a majority government, and that he is in no rush to get back to work,” Deltell said.

The Liberals said they will be working with the opposition parties to ensure all MPs are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Canadians expect their elected representatives to lead by example (???) in the fight against this virus, and the Prime Minister will be raising this with other leaders,” the release said.
 

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Given the Nov. 22 return date, Parliament will only have a few weeks before it’s interrupted again for the holidays. That means committees won’t have much, if any, time to get their work underway before the New Year.

Béland said coming back even a couple of weeks earlier could have made a difference.

“It doesn’t seem that they have any sense of urgency, on the part of Trudeau and his team, to get back to work, which is a bit puzzling, at least if you take seriously the rhetoric that they used to justify the federal election in the first place,” he said.
 

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Recount in Toronto's Davenport stopped as Liberal confirmed victor
Julie Dzerowicz edged her NDP rival by only 76 votes

Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Oct 15, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Davenport federal riding Liberal incumbent Julie Dzerowicz.
Davenport federal riding Liberal incumbent Julie Dzerowicz.
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Elections Canada says a ballot recount in the federal Toronto riding of Davenport has been halted, with the Liberals confirmed as winners.

The New Democrats asked that votes be recounted after the Liberal candidate edged her NDP rival by only 76 votes in the Sept. 20 general election.


The recount was stopped after it became clear, while votes were being tallied, that the result would be the same.

As a result, incumbent Julie Dzerowicz holds the seat for the Liberals over the NDP’s Alejandra Bravo.


The Liberals said Dzerowicz had fought a strong, positive campaign and was looking forward to serving her Toronto constituents.

Davenport was the last recount to be completed, and now all general election results have been confirmed.
Seeing as how the vote was between dumb and dumber, we don't really care.