Elections Canada’s chief elections officer, Stephen Perrault, told lawmakers on Tuesday that he had not received reports of China’s interference in the 2019 federal elections.
Perot’s comments were made in response to Global News reports that China allegedly interfered in Canada’s 2019 federal election by funding the campaigns of at least 11 candidates. Yes, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was briefed on the allegations in January.CTV News has not independently verified the Global News report, which Prime Minister Trudeau also disputes.
“In my opinion, there is no reason to believe that it was not a free and fair election,” Perot told the House Procedures and House Affairs Committee several times during his one-hour attendance on Tuesday.
“We have not received any reports of specific cases of law violations or of China’s interference in elections,” he said.
Perot said he had the utmost respect for the media, but said it was “too early to draw any conclusions” from media reports, except for an investigation by the Canadian Electoral Commission.
In a statement to CTV News, Canadian Electoral Commission (CCE) spokesperson Caroline Simard said her office had received a complaint from Bloc Québecois in connection with allegations of foreign interference and had received all I have confirmed that I am considering your complaint.
“CCE takes all complaints seriously and will, if necessary, conduct a thorough investigation. will be published to
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Trudeau pointed out to reporters that an independent commission has been set up to ensure there is no interference from foreign agencies throughout the 2019 and 2021 federal elections. . In both cases, Trudeau said he had been assured by the agency that “the integrity of our election was not compromised.”
He also reiterated that he has not been briefed on China’s funding of Canadian election candidates.
“There was never any information given to me about China’s funding of federal candidates,” he said.
Relations between Canada and China came under the spotlight last week after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Trudeau captured a tense exchange on video at the G20 summit in Bali.
In the video, Xi told Trudeau that it was “inappropriate” to share with the media what the two had discussed in private. A Canadian official told reporters accompanying the delegation earlier this week that Prime Minister Trudeau had discussed with Xi about alleged Chinese interference activities in Canada.
Referring to Trudeau’s statement that he was never briefed on Chinese election interference during the 2019 election, Conservative Party deputy leader Melissa Landman said: I can’t imagine complaining,” he tweeted. Since the reports first surfaced, the Conservatives have called on the government to be more forthcoming about the allegations.
At Tuesday’s committee meeting, Perot explained that he was “looking at the ball” ahead of the 2019 and 2021 federal elections. However, he said the specific case had not been reported to his office.
Justice Minister David Rameti was also asked about the report on his way to a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. He told reporters the security services were taking the situation seriously.
“This is a serious problem,” Rametti said. “We must act very carefully when dealing with national security issues.”
“Obviously we need transparency, but we also need security services to protect our sources and how we collect information.