MP is trying to establish a registry to combat foreign interference in Canada

A law was introduced in the House of Commons on April 13 that requires people acting on behalf of foreign governments, political organizations, or businesses to register as foreign agents to counter foreign interference in Canada. It was.

Bill C-282, a law that establishes foreign impact registration, aims to impose “an obligation on individuals who act on behalf of a foreign person to submit a refund when taking certain actions with respect to public officials.” ..

These individuals may be fined or imprisoned if they fail to “submit returns as needed” or if they deliberately make false or misleading statements about returns submitted under the law. There is sex.

“We are all aware of cases of foreign interference in Canada and the threat of further intimidation and corruption. For many years, by the National Security Intelligence Service and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, members of the Canadian Parliament. I’ve been warned about the dangers of such foreign interference, “conservative Congressman Kenny Chiu said when he submitted the bill.

“Apart from calling for action and attention, the government has not proposed any other plans to counter the interfering operation.”

“This bill is just the first step in improving domestic security measures,” added Chiu, an effort by Australia, one of Canada. Five eyes Allies, To address issues related to foreign interference It urged him to draft a bill.

In 2018, the Australian Government passed the Foreign Impact Transparency Scheme Act to counter China’s growing influence in national politics, media and academic institutions.

In December 2017, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said new legislation was needed to combat the “rapidly expanding” threat of foreign intervention. He referred to “a disturbing report on China’s influence” as justification for the bill.

“Media reports have shown that the Chinese Communist Party has been working to secretly thwart the decisions of our media, universities, and even the representatives elected at the building,” Turnbull said. Said In the parliament at that time.

“We take these reports very seriously.”

Under Australian law, people working abroad are to register as Foreign agent You may face Criminal charge If they are considered to be independently interfering with the Canberra case.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has warned of an increasing threat to Canada’s national security by foreign state officials. David Vinho said April 12 In 2020, “CSIS observed espionage and foreign intervention at a level not seen since the Cold War.”

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CSIS Director David Vigneault will hold a press conference on July 16, 2020 at Parliament Hill, Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Vigneault’s warning is the same as the warning of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, a special parliamentary committee that released another report on the same day.

“The threat of espionage and foreign intervention is significant and continues to grow. Some states are responsible for doing so in Canada, but intelligence remains China and Russia as the main culprit. Indicates that there is. report Read.

“The effects of espionage and foreign intervention are not as obvious as the effects of terrorism, but they are the most serious long-term threat to Canada’s sovereignty and prosperity.”

The CSIS report details how China and Russia engage in espionage and interference in Canada’s public and private sectors.

“We are interested in the federal, state, and local levels of the Government of Canada, but foreign states such as the People’s Republic of China and Russia are also targeting non-governmental organizations in Canada, such as academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society. According to the report.

“In 2020, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, and other foreign states continued to secretly collect Canadian political, economic, and military information through targeted threat activities in support of their national development goals. “

CSIS also “conducts secret, deceptive, or threatening foreign intervention in Canada” by foreign state actors to influence government policy and advance political agendas. For this reason, they have discovered that they continue to utilize their resources and their relationships with private organizations. The report cites how threat actors related to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can take advantage of the openness and freedom of Canadian society to promote the political interests of the administration in Canada.

In addition, espionage agencies noted that foreign powers were secretly monitoring and threatening various Canadian communities to achieve their strategic and economic goals.

“When engaging in such activities, foreign states often target members of vulnerable communities and groups that lack the means to protect themselves. These communities themselves and perhaps Canada and abroad. We are often afraid of state-sponsored or state-linked retaliation for both of our loved ones, “the report said.

The “harassment, manipulation, or intimidation” tactics used by foreign actors to support or silence criticism from community groups of their policies constitute a threat to Canada’s sovereignty and the security of Canadians.

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Conservative Rep. Michael Chong will rise during the question period at the House of Commons on March 26, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian Press)

March 27, Beijing Sanctions Conservative Rep. Michael Chong and the Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights. Vice-chairmanIn retaliation for sanctions imposed by Canada and the United States on Chinese officials and groups for their involvement in abuse Uighurs And other Muslims in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.Beijing Accused Both countries make decisions based on “rumors and disinformation” and interfere with domestic affairs.

In an interview with The Epoch Times affiliate media NTD Television, Mr Chiu said the Chinese Communist Party was not confident that it would withstand any criticism. He also emphasized that the Chinese Communist Party did not represent the Chinese Communist Party, as it had already been a highly developed culture for thousands of years, long before the Communist Party came to power in 1949.

“The Communist Party was actually introduced and imported from China, Germany, the Soviet Union and Russia, and I think this is a foreign entity that has only existed in China for 100 years,” he said. ..

“The Chinese Communist Party cannot be equated with the Chinese, and definitely cannot be equated with Chinese culture, Chinese history,” Chiu said, adding that the CCP does not represent the Chinese diaspora either. It was.

“They don’t really represent Chinese people around the world, including Canada, the United States, or anywhere else in the world.”

With reports by Janita Kan and Andrew Chen.