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For the week of March 26, 2023:

Except for U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Ottawa, the Chinese government’s meddling in Canada continued to dominate national headlines. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave ex-Gov.-Gen. David Johnston an Oct. 31 target to complete his work as special rapporteur on foreign interference. But there were more leaks from Canada’s spy agency. 

MP Han Dong left the Liberal caucus, denying that he asked a Chinese diplomat to delay freeing hostages Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor for political reasons. Then Dong voted the next day, with opposition politicians, to pass a non-binding motion in favour of a public inquiry into evidence that China interfered in Canada’s 2019 and 2021 federal elections. 

On thePodcast, Andy Yan, the director of the Simon Fraser University city program, says a full public inquiry and foreign agents registry are both needed without further delay. 

“With changes in technology, the intensification of flows of people and money, that we need to make sure our institutions catch up to those changes,” Yan tells host Bob Mackin. “And that this is really a need to look at how our institutions protect minorities like Chinese-Canadians, like so many others across this country, to keep our democracy transparent and accountable.”

Hear the full interview with demographics, urban planning and political science expert Yan. Also hear testimony to House of Commons committees from human rights activists Cheuk Kwan, Mehmet Toti, Bill Chu, Cherie Wong, Ai-Men Lau, Gloria Fung and Henry Chan about the threats they face from the Chinese Communist Party on Canadian soil.

Plus headlines from the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Rim.

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