Liberal MP assures that he was not elected thanks to Chinese interference

Liberal MP assures that he was not elected thanks to Chinese interference

Liberal MP says he was not elected due to Chinese interference

Colin Perkel Archives The Canadian Press MP Han Dong, alongside his colleagues, at a press conference in January 2017

A Liberal MP denies a report that China helped him win his Toronto seat in the 2019 federal election.

Global News reported late Friday that Liberal candidate Han Dong was aided by the consulate Chinese in the riding of Don Valley North in Toronto.

The Global report cites unnamed sources who allege that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service urged senior Liberal Party of Canada officials to rescind Mr. Dong's appointment to that county. Party leader Justin Trudeau has endorsed his candidacy.

Mr. Dong, who won re-election in the 2021 snap election, assured in a statement on Monday that his nominating and campaign teams had found no indication of irregularities or compliance issues regarding his candidacy or election in Don Valley. North.

The Liberal MP says all procedures and processes related to his campaign and political career have been continuously reviewed, transparently and publicly, as required by law.

Following recent media reports, opposition parties in Ottawa are calling for a public inquiry into allegations of Chinese interference in the electoral process in Canada.

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The Conservative Party is also calling on Prime Minister Trudeau's Chief of Staff, Katie Telford, to to appear before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee “regarding the Chinese Communist Party's election interference”.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, MK Dong argues that of Canadian democracy is an integral part of public service.”

“I will support all the factual efforts of parliamentarians to investigate alleged foreign interference and, if asked, I am eager to refute these anonymous and unverified allegations. »