Closing In On Beijing's Best Canadian Friends
Or closing in on the whistleblowers?
In my last newsletter, I described what I’ve been up to this way:
It’s kind of a rogues’ gallery of China’s friends in high places in Canada. They’re deeply entrenched in corporate offices and university faculties, in the federal bureaucracy and of course in politics. They’re not all Liberals. There are New Democrats too and the Conservative Party has a big problem of its own.
As it turns out, running through the Liberal echelon of Beijing-friendly bigshots is ridiculously easy work, and maybe less of a public service to showcase them in a gallery of this kind than I’d reckoned: their identities are so well known to anyone who pays attention that their sordid inclinations and associations are only barely newsworthy.
But, my gosh, there are just so many of them, and just how deep the rot has spread is perhaps not so well known, so I’ll be coming to that presently. And it’s far more rotten at the very top than a lot of Real Story subscribers might realize. Just as important, maybe even more so because nobody’s been paying much attention to it at all, was this bit: There are New Democrats too and the Conservative Party has a big problem of its own.
In the recent convulsions about Beijing’s intrusions in the 2019 and 2021 elections, all that effort wasn’t just for the purpose of helping to re-elect Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The point was to defeat the Conservatives, especially after Erin O’Toole took the party helm from Andrew Scheer in 2020.
The effort was far more sinister and extensive than has been reported, so I’ve ramped up my focus on the damage done by Beijing’s friends inside the Conservative Party before, during and after the 2019 and 2021 elections. It’s pretty awful stuff.
I’ll be filing my findings to the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen this week. I’ll be including some unreported dereliction on the part of the Critical Election Incident Public Protocol Panel (the CEIPP panel) in 2021. I’ll also have some evidence strongly suggesting that Morris Rosenberg, the career bureaucrat who was assigned to review the way the CEIPP went about its work in the 2021 election, wasn’t as assiduous in his review as he should have been.
Cross your fingers.
A lot of moving targets in a target-rich environment
Even for those of us whose job it is to pay attention to these things and keep track, all the “breaking news” and the intrigues and political theatrics are a bit dizzying. And I mean even for those too few of us in the journalism racket who’ve been on the China beat these past few years.
So, let’s keep our eyes on what’s important here. I’ll pick it up from the last paragraph of my last newsletter: Beijing’s diplomats, proxies, bagmen and errand runners went to extraordinary lengths to secure China’s desired outcome in the 2019 and 2021 elections - a win for the Trudeau Liberals and the defeat of the Conservatives. The Trudeau government knew this was happening, when it was happening, and said nothing, and did nothing.
That, it seems to me, is unimpeachably true. For all their objections and rejections and histrionics and obfuscations, not Trudeau nor his ministers not the various agencies and panels and departments involved in exuding noises have outright denied it.
And this strikes me as a necessary thing to point out, loudly, as often as possible, especially to the journalists who subscribe to this newsletter: Please do not allow Prime Minister Trudeau to cast himself in the role of innocent bystander in Beijing’s extensive influence operations in Canada. In plain sight, since 2015, the prime minister has been a willing participant, and clearing Beijing’s path has been official government policy.