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The president of a real estate firm that caters to wealthy buyers from China celebrated the defeat of a Conservative MP sanctioned by China’s Communist government.

Jason Liu of Luxmore Realty (Luxmore/Lahoo)

The defiant commentary by Jason Liu of Luxmore Realty circulated on WeChat, the Beijing-monitored social media app, in the aftermath of Kenny Chiu losing his Steveston-Richmond seat to Liberal Parm Bains. Liberal Wilson Miao narrowly leads incumbent Conservative Alice Wong ahead of the mail-in ballot count.   

“If you offend the Chinese, the whole group will be punished!” said an English translation of Liu’s commentary. “Richmond’s two Conservative seats were replaced by the Liberal Party, which was the result of the awakening of Chinese.”

As Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won another minority government, Chiu suffered a dramatic 29% loss of votes. In 2019, Hong Kong-born Chiu upset Liberal incumbent Joe Peschisolido by 17,748 votes to 14,731. But, on Sept. 20, Bains won 15,988 to 12,609. 

In a Sept. 11 interview with theBreaker.news, Chiu conceded he was the target of a disinformation campaign on WeChat that wrongly branded him “anti-China” and falsely accused him of wanting to “suppress” Chinese in Canada. All because Chiu tabled a bill that would have brought Canada in line with other democracies by requiring anyone lobbying the federal government on behalf of a foreign entity to register.

Steveston-Richmond East runner-up Kenny Chiu before the election (Twitter)

In March, China sanctioned Chiu and fellow Conservative MP Michael Chong in retaliation for Canada sanctioning officials and entities involved in the House of Commons-declared genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

Liu’s commentary, which was posted on former Chinese government lawyer Hong Guo’s WeChat channel, said that Chiu’s bill would have increased discrimination against Chinese-Canadians. He also called some Chinese “more anti-Chinese and support the extremist Conservative Party [more] than some white people.”

Ivy Li of the Canadian Friends of Hong Kong said such inflammatory and divisive language is the hallmark of the Chinese Communist Party and a tactic of its United Front Work Department foreign influence program.

She said CCP sympathizers used disinformation to mobilize enough Chinese-Canadians to vote against Conservatives after opinion polls suggested Trudeau might be heading for a loss. They sent a message to politicians that “If you dare to do what Kenny Chiu did, then we will take you down.”

Li said voters originally from China who fled the dictatorship for a better life in Canada were “being misled into voting for something that was actually benefiting the interests of the very regime they’re trying to get away from.”

Li pointed to Liu’s specific mention of the “great role” played by Chinese Canadians Goto Vote Association [CCGVA], a group that portrayed itself as benign and non-partisan.

CCGVA campaigned at Richmond shopping and transit locations on Sept. 18 and the website sought to identify Chinese-speaking Canadian citizens eligible to vote.

“On the surface, they say that they are neutral, they are just wanting people to register,” Li said. “But once you look at who is organizing the local events, who is sponsoring it, they’re all the traditional, CCP-friendly clan associations.”

One of the sponsors, the Wenzhou Friendship Society, was investigated by the Richmond RCMP during the 2018 municipal elections for alleged vote buying via WeChat. No charges were recommended.

Li was intrigued that Ivan Pak founded CCGVA. The 2019 People’s Party of Canada candidate in Richmond Centre is still active in Maxime Bernier’s right-wing party. Pak incorporated the association in late August. He did not respond for a request for comment about the association’s fundraising activities and its collection and use of voters’ personal information. 

In May 2020, Pak co-founded the Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association. MLARA threatened a lawsuit against Global News reporter Sam Cooper after a story about CCP groups in Canada shipping bulk masks and gloves to Chinese hospitals, while leaving Canadian doctors and nurses with scarce supplies during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pak remained involved with the PPC in 2021, signing the nomination papers of Richmond Centre candidate James Hinton and actively supporting Bernier on Twitter. Bernier’s campaign aimed to draw votes away from the Conservatives with a platform against vaccine mandates and mandatory masking.

PPC candidate Jennifer Singh’s 942 votes were not a factor in Steveston-Richmond East. But, as of Sept. 22, veteran Tory Wong trailed Grit Miao by 698 votes in a riding where the PPC’s fifth-place Hinton had 676.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s platform labelled the CCP a threat to Canada, promised to ban foreigners from buying Canadian real estate for two years, a crackdown on real estate money laundering and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.

“Our quarrel is not with the people of China – part of an ancient civilization that has contributed much to humanity. We stand especially with Chinese Canadians whose contributions to Canada are immeasurable and who are enduring an appalling rise in anti-Asian hate and discrimination. And we stand with Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, Hong Kongers, and Chinese Christians.”

Maxime Bernier (left) and Ivan Pak in 2019. In 2021, Pak endorsed James Hinton. (Facebook)

Canadian intelligence officials warned that China, along with Russia and Iran, pose threats to Canada. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute think tank called the CCP’s United Front an “exportation of the CCP’s political system” that undermines social cohesion, exacerbates racial tension, influences politics, harms media integrity, facilitates espionage, and increases unsupervised technology transfer.

On Sept. 21, the day after the election, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Trudeau. A White House readout called Canada “one of our nation’s top partners.”

Later, Biden met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and said that the U.S. “has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia.”

The cold shoulder to America’s closest neighbour came the week after Canada was left out of a new alliance between the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia aimed at countering the rise of Xi Jinping’s China.

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Bob Mackin The president of a real estate

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Thanks to Vancouver Granville Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed’s real estate flipping scandal, the high cost of housing became an issue in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pandemic power grab election.

Who saw that coming?

Westbank’s Ian Gillespie with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015 (Westbank)

Some of Trudeau’s most-loyal donors are in the China-reliant West Coast real estate industry, according to the Elections Canada database.

Retiring Vancouver Granville independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould, in her new memoir, “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, described the owner of the Fairmont Pacific Rim as a friend of Trudeau. That is Ian Gillespie, whose Westbank is notorious for marketing Vancouver condos to investors from China.

He donated $12,809.65 over four contributions in 2015 and 2019.

Gillespie has also donated $6,150 to the NDP, just over half that to Jagmeet Singh’s leadership campaign in 2017.

Gillespie’s Westbank is the developer partnered with the Squamish Nation for its multi-billion-dollar Senakw play around the Burrard Bridge. Since it’s on reserve land, it will require federal, not civic, approvals.

In May 2019, Gillespie hosted a cash for access fundraiser for Trudeau and Vancouver South’s Harjit Sajjan at the Neptune Chinese restaurant in May 2019. Earlier on the same day, “condo king” Bob Rennie was involved in a fundraising lunch at the Opus Hotel in Yaletown.

Rennie donated $21,161.50 to the Liberals from 2005 to 2019.

Concord Pacific is best-known for developing False Creek North. It also owns the Westin Bayshore, old St. Paul’s hospital site and vacant Molson Brewery. Some major, strategic parcels of land.

SNC-Lavalin truck in Yaletown, outside a Liberal May 22, 2019 fundraiser

Its CEO, Terry Hui, is also a donor to the Liberals: $13,357.93 since 2017.

The Wall family has supported the BC Liberals and Vision Vancouver. Bruno Wall sent $20,928.37 to the Liberals between 2005 and 2019.

Remember Michael Mo Yeung Ching, the son of a Chinese Communist Party bigwig? In the lead-up to the 2015 election, he gave the Trudeau Liberals $11,731.63. Ching, developer of Richmond’s Hotel Versante, was fighting deportation to China at the time. In 2020, he got his citizenship and his company, Sunwins, got into the mask business.

He hasn’t donated to the Liberals recently. Instead, he sent $3,250 to the Conservatives last year.

Holborn, the Malaysian-owned developer of the troubled Trump Tower, made headlines when its sweetheart deal to redevelop the Little Mountain social housing lands was finally revealed. CEO Joo Kim Tiah donated three times to the Harper Conservatives, totalling $3,400, between 2012 and 2014.

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Bob Mackin Thanks to Vancouver Granville Liberal candidate

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In his filing with Elections Canada, Liberal Vancouver Granville candidate Taleeb Noormohamed describes his occupation as “CEO.”

On Sept. 20, he could become MP in the riding won twice by Jody Wilson-Raybould, the independent who blew the whistle on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Taleeb Noormohamed in 2021 (Facebook)

Noormohamed’s campaign has been the most-controversial of any Liberal west of Ontario (where candidates Raj Saini and Kevin Vuong were dropped due to sex scandals).

The revelations of Noormohamed’s secret career as a real estate flipper only got worse with a cringe-inducing interview with CTV News Vancouver and a photo of him hiding in the passenger seat of a car while an assistant knocked on doors. Both went viral.

Noormohamed has avoided reporters ever since, hoping to play out the clock and edge contestants Anjali Appadurai (NDP) and Kailin Che when the ballots are counted.

Many unanswered questions remain about Noormohamed. Here are 10.

1. 

Your residential address on your Elections Canada registration is a suite in a Concord Pacific-built condo across from Parq Casino in Northeast False Creek. Why weren’t you with your party leader Trudeau at his Sept. 13 news conference on the roof of Parq Casino?

2.

Taleeb Noormohamed with Justin Trudeau in 2011 (Vincent Chan/Facebook)

The Unitarian Church of Vancouver hosted an all-candidates meeting on Sept. 14. It was held in an empty auditorium, due to the pandemic, but webcast on YouTube. Your NDP, Conservative and PPC opponents attended. You didn’t. Where were you?

3.

On Sept. 15, CBC’s Early Edition with Stephen Quinn invited candidates to an on-air forum. The CBC studio is an 11-minute walk from your condo address or five minutes by car. You missed it. Where were you?

4.

In May 2018, just a week after announcing you would seek the Vision Vancouver mayoral nomination, you quit the race, citing a “sudden cardiac event.” Yet you are running for a second time in Vancouver Granville to become MP. It is a high-stress occupation, with long hours and arduous travel to and from Ottawa. What is your health status?

5.

Taleeb Noormohamed from the Stewart Group website.

Your campaign bio on the Liberal website omits the time you spent with The Stewart Group, a lobbying and procurement consulting firm that has represented SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier and Compass card provider Cubic Transportation. Lobbyist Lecia Stewart was the bid strategist behind SNC-Lavalin’s troubled Ottawa Confederation Line.

The Stewart Group’s clients also included Southern Rail of B.C., whose tracks are used for hauling coal. Fraser Surrey Docks was eyed as a terminal to export thermal coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

How do you reconcile your past with a firm that represented a company involved in shipping dirty coal with the Liberal promise to ban thermal coal exports from Canada no later than 2030?

6.

The International Olympic Committee had policies in 2007, when you joined the Vancouver 2010 organizing committee, that required executives to avoid conflicts of interest. When you were buying and selling real estate in Downtown Vancouver near Olympic venues, did you disclose those activities to your superiors at VANOC, as per the ethical policy?

Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed on Sept. 2 (Twitter/Richard Lo)

7.

How much did you gross from renting downtown Vancouver condos while you were a vice-president with VANOC?

8.

Did you knowingly rent to anyone employed directly or indirectly with any entity in the Olympic family, whether it was an athlete or a sponsor?

9.

You are skilled at buying and selling real estate for profit. You live in the Vancouver Centre riding. Why did you not buy a residence in Vancouver Granville, the riding you have sought to represent since 2019? 

10.

If you win Vancouver Granville in the Sept. 20 election, will you quit all corporate executive and board positions and divest any such holdings, so you can focus solely on being an MP? Will you sell your remaining real estate properties or put them in a blind trust?

Should Taleeb Noormohamed respond to any of the above, this story will be updated to show his answers.

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Bob Mackin In his filing with Elections Canada,

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An immigration consultant found guilty of securities fraud endorsed the Trudeau Liberal candidate in Richmond Centre.

Paul Oei (left) and Justin Trudeau in 2015 (Facebook/Richmond Board of Trade)

Paul Se Hui Oei’s name appears on the official list of electors consenting to the candidacy for Wilson Miao. The real estate agent with Macdonald Realty Westmar and media marketer is challenging Conservative incumbent Alice Wong.

Miao has not responded to email and phone messages seeking comment. 

In 2018, the B.C. Securities Commission ordered Oei to pay $5 million in fines and disgorge $3.1 million in ill-gotten gains.

Investors gave Oei-controlled companies $13.3 million for an organic recycling plant. But Oei spent funds instead on his Bentley luxury car, legal fees, advertising, donations to political parties and beauty pageants.

The Canada Elections Act requires candidates collect at least 100 signatures of electors from the riding in which they intend to run. Oei and his wife Loretta Lai are both on the form Miao filed with the Elections Canada returning officer for Richmond Centre.

Richmond Centre Liberal candidate Wilson Miao (Facebook)

Oei was a frequent donor to the BC Liberals and federal Liberals before the BCSC tribunal found he committed securities fraud between 2009 and 2013.

Elections Canada’s database shows Oei made $3,965 in donations to the Liberals in 2015, including $620 to the Orleans, Que. Liberal riding association, which backed retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie’s successful run for office.

In B.C., which did not have provincial donation limits until 2017, Oei gave almost $56,000 to the BC Liberals between 2011 and 2015.

Oei sponsored a 2015 Richmond Board of Trade banquet featuring Justin Trudeau and sat beside him at the head table. Oei’s lawyer was Joe Peschisolido, the Steveston-Richmond East Liberal MP defeated in 2019 by Conservative Kenny Chiu. An investor seeking compensation named Oei and Peschisolido as defendants in a B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit.

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Bob Mackin An immigration consultant found guilty of

For the week of Sept. 19, 2021:

In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voted with 326 other MPs to oppose the idea of a federal election in a pandemic, on the basis that it would be irresponsible.

On Aug. 15, Trudeau changed his mind, and sent Canadians to the polls in a pandemic election more than two years sooner than the law required. 

Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher calls the Sept. 20 election a “selfish grab for power by a power mad prime minister” who is putting public health at risk in a bid to win a majority Liberal government.

“It breeds cynicism, greater skepticism, turns a lot of voters off,” Conacher told theBreaker.news Podcast host Bob Mackin. 

Hear Conacher discuss his Federal Court challenge of Trudeau’s violation of the fixed election date law and his concerns about Elections Canada’s ability to run an election under challenging circumstances.

Mackin is also joined by ResearchCo pollster Mario Canseco, who gazes into his federal election crystal ball.

Plus commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.

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For the week of Sept. 19, 2021:

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In speeches and Liberal Party campaign ads, Justin Trudeau has continuously attacked Conservative leader Erin O’Toole for not requiring his candidates be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Justin Trudeau getting AZ vaccine (Twitter)

O’Toole is fully vaccinated and has said his party supports the same “get vaccinated or screen and test daily” guidelines that the Trudeau Liberal government announced for federal workers on Aug. 13, two days before Trudeau called the pandemic election.

At an Aug. 27 campaign stop in Mississauga, Trudeau told reporters: “We have ensured that all our candidates have been vaccinated or are getting vaccinated. I believe there’s a couple who are about to get their second dose now.”

He did not elaborate.

theBreaker.news canvassed Trudeau’s B.C. candidates. Nearly half the 42 claim to be fully vaccinated. Only nine showed proof with a provincially issued card and four sent social media links.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole (Twitter)

Staff of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea-to-Sky Country incumbent Patrick Weiler refused to prove their candidate received a second dose.

Another eight claimed directly or through aides to be fully vaccinated, but they did not provide proof. Another 20 did not respond.

theBreaker.news contacted candidates through their campaign email addresses or campaign website email forms on Sept. 15 to ask for dates and places of shots and copies of proof. They were explicitly asked to redact personal health numbers or QR codes.

Question: Are all of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal candidates in B.C. fully vaccinated?
Fact Check Status: Unproven

RESPONDED WITH PROOF (9)*

Ken Hardie’s Quebec vaccine record from March 25 and July 15 appointments also included a QR code. (Quebec Health Services)

Parm Bains, Steveston-Richmond East; Michelle Corfield, Nanaimo-Ladysmith; Shelley Desautels, North Okanagan-Shuswap; Sukh Dhaliwal, Surrey-Newton; Ken Hardie, Fleetwood-Port Kells; Doug Kobayashi, Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke; Nikki Macdonald, Victoria; Ahmed Yousef, Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge.

*Taleeb Noormohamed, Vancouver Granville, did not reply to the email. But, coincidentally, precisely 37 minutes after theBreaker.news hit the send button on a message to his personal email address, he declared on Twitter that he had been fully vaccinated and published part of a Sept. 10-issued B.C. Vaccine Card in his name.

Ken Hardie: “Lest someone be curious, I had both shots in Quebec as I had been on the list to appear in person in the House of Commons until about April.”

RESPONDED WITH LINKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA (4)

Ron McKinnon, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam; Joyce Murray, Vancouver Quadra; Randeep Sarai, Surrey Centre; Patrick Weiler, West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea-to-Sky Country (but only one).

Joyce Murray’s second shot, June 24 (Instagram)

Caleigh Garland, aide to Joyce Murray: “She has had two Pfizer shots and she got them at the Vancouver Convention Centre.”

RESPONDED WITHOUT PROOF (8)

John Aldag, Cloverdale-Langley City; Will Davis, Port Moody-Coquitlam; Sarah Eves, Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola; Garth Frizzell, Cariboo-Prince George; Navreen Gill, Abbotsford; Blair Herbert, Cowichan-Malahat-Langford; Josh Vander Vies, Vancouver East; Jonathan Wilkinson, North Vancouver.

Kieran Steede, aide to Jonathan Wilkinson: “He is fully vaccinated with two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, administered in early June.” 

NO RESPONSE (20)

Amir Alavi, Prince George-Peace-River-Northern Rockies; Terry Beech, Burnaby-North Seymour; Virginia Bremner, Vancouver Kingsway; Susan Farlinger, Courtenay-Alberni; Hedy Fry, Vancouver Centre; Robin Goldsbury, Kootenay-Columbia; Jennifer Grenz, North Island-Powell River; Geet Grewal, Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon; Gordie Hogg, South Surrey-White Rock; Rozina Jaffer, New Westminster-Burnaby*; Tim Krupa, Kelowna-Lake Country; Jesse McCormick, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo; Wilson Miao, Richmond Centre; Sherri Moore-Arbour, Saanich-Gulf Islands; Carla Qualtrough, Delta; Kim Richter, Langley-Aldergrove; Ken Robertson, South Okanagan-West Kootenay; Harjit Sajjan, Vancouver South; Brea Sami-Burnaby South; Kelly Velonis, Chilliwack-Hope. (*sent message via Facebook.)

NO CONTACT INFO (1)

Lakhwinder Jhaj, Skeena-Bulkley Valley. (The parachute candidate is normally based in Abbotsford, but visited the riding for the first time on Sept. 14, less than a week before E-day.)

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Bob Mackin In speeches and Liberal Party campaign

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A Port Coquitlam city councillor running for the NDP in the Sept. 20 federal election wrote on Facebook in 2017 that she opposed government-mandated vaccination.

Port Coquitlam-Coquitlam NDP candidate Laura Dupont and party leader Jagmeet Singh (Twitter)

“I will state for the record that I am against forced vaccinations, forced sterilization, forced abortion, forced pretty much anything when it comes to government telling someone what to do with their own body,” wrote Dupont, who is vying to become the MP in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.

“I fully realize they also have a duty to protect society and their communities, but I stop right at that line where we tell people that they are being forced.”

Dupont started the discussion with a link to a Globe and Mail column by University of Alberta health law expert Timothy Caulfield headlined “Stop those naturopaths who spread anti-vaxxer myths.”

“Another ridiculous headline,” she wrote. “Let us not demonize critical analysis of an issue. Let us allow people to be informed and decide for themselves.”

Dupont also cast doubt on “who is funding or behind that ‘science’ and what are their ties, if any, to the industry that may potentially profit.”

The B.C. NDP imposed a COVID-19 vaccine passport Sept. 13 for entry to non-essential venues and activities.

The party’s federal wing, led by Burnaby South MP Jagmeet Singh, issued a news release on Sept. 17 critical of Nanaimo-Ladysmith Green Party incumbent Paul Manly for not answering a yes or no question at an all-candidates meeting on the topic of a hypothetical national vaccine passport. The same news release also criticized Green leader Annamie Paul for not supporting vaccine passports or mandatory vaccination of her party’s candidates.

Is Dupont fully vaccinated?

In a Tri-City News story dated Sept. 1, the twice-elected city councillor vaguely alluded to a bad reaction to medication and the need to consult a physician.

“I am getting my second shot too, and for now, I am testing regularly and closely following the updated provincial health guidelines,” Dupont said.

On Sept. 13, Dupont Tweeted about visiting two area seniors care homes, Mayfair Terrace and Astoria Retirement Residence.

Reached by phone on Sept. 15, Dupont claimed to now be fully vaccinated. She said she thinks she received her first dose Aug. 13, but did not remember the date or place of her second shot. Only that it was sometime in September, somewhere in Coquitlam.

A 2017 discussion on vaccination involving 2021 NDP candidate Laura Dupont. (Facebook)

“It’s a super, duper busy time and I really honestly can’t remember,” Dupont said, before pledging to call back a reporter with details.

She did not call back.

On Sept. 17 Dupont replied by email with a prepared statement that said she was “fully vaccinated” as of Sept. 10 — three days before the Tweet about visiting two seniors care centres. She called getting vaccinated “the most important thing” to end the pandemic.”

B.C. Centre for Disease Control guidelines state: “it generally takes at least two weeks to mount an immune response to a vaccine dose.”

If Dupont received her second dose Sept. 10, she would not have immunity until after election day. Vaccines do not prevent someone from carrying and spreading the disease.

Dupont refused to return repeated phone calls, text messages and a supplementary email from a reporter seeking proof that she had truly been vaccinated.

If she responds with proof, this story will be updated.

Dupont was temporarily banned from sitting on Port Coquitlam city council committees for leaking information from a closed-door council meeting. She lost a B.C. Supreme Court challenge in 2020.

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The Trudeau Liberal candidate in Vancouver Kingsway was mentioned in evidence collected by RCMP detectives who investigated Christy Clark’s controversial 2011 BC Liberal leadership win.

Ex-BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark and Liberal candidate Virginia Bremner in 2017 (Facebook)

Virginia Bremner is challenging NDP incumbent Don Davies in the Sept. 20 election.

On the eve of the Feb. 26, 2011 party election to replace Premier Gordon Campbell, Virginia Bremner’s husband Hector Bremner and two other party insiders received a pair of email messages from Clark’s only caucus supporter, Harry Bloy, the Burnaby-Lougheed MLA.

The two messages, leaked in 2018 to theBreaker.news, contained a total 99 personal identification numbers to be used in the online and phone voting system.

Bloy’s first email ended: “Use different lines. Virginia, Filipino Community? Thanks, harry”.

theBreaker.news wanted to know whether Virginia Bremner co-operated with the RCMP investigation. She did not reply.

RCMP and Special Prosecutor David Butcher probed the handling of PIN numbers after then-NDP leader Adrian Dix complained to authorities about possible violations of the Election Act in 2013.

In the end, only former BC Liberal operative Brian Bonney was sentenced to house arrest for breach of trust in the party’s Quick Wins multicultural outreach scandal. The trial was cancelled when Bonney pleaded guilty.

During the 2018 sentencing hearing, Butcher told B.C. Provincial Court that voting irregularities were found in the leadership contest that resulted in Clark’s narrow victory over Kevin Falcon under the regionally weighted, preferential ballot system.

Though proxy voting was not prohibited, Butcher said that Bloy used his connections “and his connections’ connections” to amass the PIN numbers.

“Those connections gathered blocks of PINs which were supplied to Mr. Bloy, who provided them to other Clark supporters, who entered them online — block voting in a proxy process,” Butcher explained.

Hector Bremner later worked as a poll captain during Clark’s May 2011 Vancouver-Point Grey by-election win over the NDP’s David Eby. Clark eventually hired Virginia Bremner as a receptionist in the Office of the Premier.

Hector Bremner won a seat for the NPA on Vancouver city council in a 2017 by-election. The following year, he ran for mayor under the Yes Vancouver banner and finished a distant fifth behind winner Kennedy Stewart. Clark’s longtime political advisor and ex-husband, Mark Marissen, managed both campaigns.

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Bob Mackin The Trudeau Liberal candidate in Vancouver

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Did the Trudeau Liberal candidate who is notorious for flipping real estate tell his superiors at the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee about his buying, selling and renting near Olympics venues?

Taleeb Noormohamed during his vice-presidency with VANOC

The NDP revealed that tech entrepreneur Taleeb Noormohamed had a secret occupation in which he grossed $4.9 million as a real estate speculator.

The Vancouver-Granville candidate has not responded to repeated requests from theBreaker.news about his time as an executive for the 2010 Games organizer, which was commonly known as VANOC.

The International Olympic Committee’s Code of Ethics for 2007, the year VANOC hired Noormohamed, required organizing committee decision makers to avoid conflicts of interest.

The official archive and library at International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, said it could not share information from the 2010 Games files due to a 20-year, post-Games embargo. Similarly, the Vancouver City Archives is not able to open its files about board and financial matters until 2025.

Conservative candidate Kailin Che said it is wrong for Noormohamed to keep voters in the dark on the way to the Sept. 20 election day.

Conservative Vancouver-Granville candidate Kailin Che (YouTube)

“The public deserves to know whether the candidate has breached any of his ethical duties while he was flipping these houses in and around the time he was part of the Vancouver Olympic Committee,” Che said in an interview.

In his role as a VANOC vice-president, Noormohamed was privy to inside information from officials with governments and corporate sponsors at a time when Downtown Vancouver accommodation scarcity worried Games organizers and city hall.

Land titles records show Noormohamed bought five Vancouver properties from the end of June 2007 to late November 2009. Four were condominiums within a short walk of B.C. Place Stadium and Rogers Arena, the two biggest indoor venues of the Games.

Noormohamed’s gross profit for sales between August 2009 and March 2011 was $105,000. One of the condos he sold just over two months before the Games was in a new tower developed by VANOC sponsor Concord Pacific.

It is not known if and how much he grossed in rental revenue while he worked at VANOC.

IOC ethics guide, the year Taleeb Noormohamed joined VANOC (IOC)

The IOC’s 2007 Code of Ethics included a chapter on conflicts of interest. It warned organizing committee personnel to avoid personal and/or material involvement (salary, shareholding, various benefits) with suppliers, sponsors, broadcasters, various contracting parties.

The code said it was the responsibility of each person to take steps to take to avoid a conflict of interest and to seek guidance if they were ever unsure. To that end, VANOC required senior managers, including people in Noormohamed’s position, to file personal disclosures beginning in 2008 and update them if their circumstances changed.

Noormohamed is keeping a lower profile after the flipping scandal became a national story. He did not participate in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign stops Sept. 13 in Vancouver or Sept. 14 in Steveston.

The Vancouver event was on the roof of Parq Casino, coincidentally across the street from one of the properties that Noormohamed currently owns. He does not hold property in the Vancouver-Granville riding.

Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed on Sept. 2 (Twitter/Richard Lo)

Noormohamed was also a no-show for a Sept. 14 all-candidates meeting at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

Said Conservative Che: “The public deserves to know the truth, and to know and understand whether or not their candidate, the Liberal candidate for Vancouver Granville, is a professional speculator and house flipper in B.C. and whose actions may have contributed directly to Canada’s housing crisis.

“And the public also deserves to know the truth whether or not he was forthcoming in these sales and whether or not he claimed principal residence [tax] exemption on these sales.”

The Liberal, Conservative and NDP platforms promise a variety of measures to curtail or stop foreign buying and speculation. In a Sept. 2 CTV News clip that went viral on social media, Noormohamed was asked how much he profited on sales over the past decade.

He awkwardly started and stopped twice before saying: “While I can’t give you an exact number, what I can tell you it is by no means the number that has been put forward. What I can also tell you is I am absolutely committed to any and all measures that we have put forward that would, that would apply.”

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal Party is going to do something about the lack of affordable housing in Vancouver.

Justin Trudeau (left) and Rongxiang “Tiger” Yuan at a June 2016 Liberal fundraiser (The Mosaic Effect)

The Liberals, Conservatives and NDP are proposing limits to foreign buying in their platforms for Trudeau’s pandemic snap election on Sept. 20. But skyrocketing real estate prices and money laundering didn’t suddenly become hot button issues in the summer of 2021.  

Rewind to June 2016, when Trudeau came to Vancouver for transit and tech photo ops with BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Trudeau chaired a meeting on June 17, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Hotel to hear from two dozen people across Vancouver’s housing spectrum, including Westbank CEO and Trudeau bagman Ian Gillespie, Urban Development Institute lobbyist Jon Stovell, social housing executive Janice Abbott, Vancity credit union CEO Tamara Vrooman and academics David Ley, Andy Yan, Paul Kershaw and Tom Davidoff,

MPs Joyce Murray, Jonathan Wilkinson and Hedy Fry joined Trudeau for the event.

Rong Xiang “Tiger” Yuan (second from left) at a June 16, 2016 Liberal fundraiser (Mosaic Effect)

“There is no question that concerted, thoughtful effort is going to be needed to address the situation, but we have to be very wary of unintended consequences,” Trudeau told reporters.

The night before, Trudeau secretly met with some of the wealthy elites responsible for pricing the middle class out of Vancouver.

Among the guests at a private Liberal Party fundraiser was Rong Xiang “Tiger” Yuan.

The former high-ranking soldier in the Chinese Communist Party’s military wing sat to Trudeau’s left during the dinner, according to a photograph that appears in the upcoming book, the Mosaic Effect by Scott McGregor and Ina Mitchell.

Richmond resident Yuan owns a Port Coquitlam gun store and a highly secured compound with a private shooting range on former farmland in Chilliwack. The People’s Liberation Army veteran frequently appears at local VIP events, side-by-side with Tong Xiaoling, China’s top diplomat in Western Canada.

Liberal Party returns to Elections Canada show three donations received July 6, 2016 from Yuan, totalling $4,299.30.

A June 2016 photo of Christy Clark (left), Gregor Robertson and Justin Trudeau at Microsoft in Vancouver (BC Gov)

Yuan directed one of those to the Papineau Federal Liberal Association, the re-election fund in Trudeau’s home riding in Montreal.

Sources say the fundraiser was also part of Trudeau’s preparation for his first official visit to China as Prime Minister. Just six weeks later, he traveled to China and met Xi Jinping for the first time at the G20 summit in Hangzhou.

Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister when Canada and China established diplomatic relations in 1970.

In 2013, two years before Justin Trudeau became PM, he openly expressed admiration for China’s “basic dictatorship.” 

Before the end of 2016, however, Trudeau’s private fundraisers with Chinese real estate tycoons could no longer be kept secret. A Chinese state media outlet in Wenzhou publicized a private Trudeau dinner at the Shaughnessy mansion of real estate investor Miaofei Pan. Afterward, the Liberals were embarrassed into publishing their fundraising guest lists in 2017 and beyond.

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