For the week of March 12, 2023:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to resist calls for a public inquiry into the Chinese Communist Party’s interference in Canadian elections and is taking his time to ponder a registry for foreign government lobbyists.
Trudeau said March 6 that he plans to hire an “eminent Canadian” to investigate and asked two national security committees to conduct reviews. Human rights advocate Fenella Sung of the Canadian Friends of Hong Kong says those half measures announced will prolong the harm to Canadian institutions. She said a full, independent inquiry is necessary, including how Canadian political parties are funded and operated.
“I doubt anything will come out before the next election, but that’s exactly the situation we don’t want to see,” Sung told thePodcast host Bob Mackin. “We’ve already got doubts about the 2019 and the 2021 election, not about the result, but about the process, about whether any interference has affected or compromised our democracy. The last thing you want is to have Canadians to go to the polls for the election, next time, and have this doubt in the mind.”
On this edition of thePodcast, hear Mackin’s full interview with Sung.
Plus: Martin Kendell of Clean Up Burnaby on the controversial proposal to build a green waste plant on sensitive parkland and headlines from the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim.
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