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2 National Security Reports Allege China Funded Liberals

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2 National Security Reports Allege China Funded Liberals

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that he was never briefed on the matter, and his security adviser dismissed it out of hand, but 2 high-level national security reports released before and after the 2019 election indicate that he was warned that Chinese government officials were funneling money to Liberal political candidates.

The two National Security reports, dated 2019 and 2022, raise concerns about what senior federal officials knew about the alleged funding by a foreign interference network and how seriously the Trudeau government took the warnings.

The first is a “Special Report” prepared by the Privy Council Office for the Trudeau administration and dated January 2022. The memo was also finalized, implying that it was intended for Trudeau and his senior aides to read.

According to Global News, Chinese officials in Toronto disbursed money into a covert network tasked with interfering in Canada’s 2019 election.

“A large clandestine transfer of funds earmarked for the federal election from the PRC Consulate in Toronto was transferred to an elected provincial government official via a 2019 federal candidate’s staff member,” according to the PCO report.

The Intelligence Assessment Secretariat compiled this document from 100 Canadian Security Intelligence Service reports. The IAS is a division of the PCO that issues national security alerts to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet regularly.

According to a national security official who explained the report to Global News, the finalized memo was about intelligence gleaned from an ongoing, high-level investigation in the Greater Toronto Area that began in January 2019.

Global News granted anonymity to Intelligence sources, who requested it because they face prosecution under the Security of Information Act.

According to intelligence sources, the provincial official implicated in the alleged clandestine transfer from the Toronto consulate is a member of Ontario’s legislature.

When asked if CSIS Director David Vigneault had briefed Trudeau, his staff, or cabinet on the allegations of covert funding, a CSIS spokesman said, “There are important limits to what I can publicly discuss given the need to protect sensitive activities, techniques, methods, and sources of intelligence.”

“Regarding specific briefings on foreign interference, Director Vigneault committed to working with the Privy Council Office on a consolidated response to parliamentarians during committee proceedings last week,” CSIS spokesman Eric Balsam wrote.

According to Global News, a bipartisan panel of parliamentarians issued an earlier, high-level warning about clandestine funding of China’s “preferred candidates” two months before the 2019 election.

The information came from Parliamentary Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Committee, which reviews national security issues and promotes “government-wide accountability.”

Trudeau established it in 2017, and it reports to the Prime Minister.

This is the same panel Trudeau appointed on Monday to investigate allegations of Chinese election meddling, which Global first reported in November.

However, Trudeau’s appointment of NSICOP and a “special rapporteur” did not address mounting calls from national security experts for a public inquiry into the allegations.

According to the 2019 NSICOP review of foreign interference, “foreign states clandestinely direct contributions to” Canadian politicians.

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According to the report’s subtitle, “Targeting the Political Nomination Process and Preferred Candidates,” “targeting frequently begins during the nomination process.”

Following the nomination process, “foreign states clandestinely direct contributions to and support for the campaigns and political parties of preferred candidates,” according to the review.

While the document did not examine specific interference activities aimed at the 2019 federal election, it did provide several examples of alleged Chinese election interference involving candidate targeting and funding from 2015 to 2018.

“A [People’s Republic of China] Embassy interlocutor established the ‘tea party,’ a group of community leaders, to hand-pick candidates that it would support and eventually publicly endorse,” it says.

It said a “former PRC Commercial Consul informed PRC businesses of the rules governing Canadian political contributions and urged specific business leaders to donate through Canadian subsidiaries and acquisitions.”

Global News examined an unredacted copy of the NSICOP review, which had not previously been made public.

According to its chair, MP David McGuinty, NSICOP conducted a special review of the threat of foreign interference to Canada and Ottawa’s response to it as part of its mandate.

“The Committee heard testimony from dozens of officials from Canada’s security and intelligence communities, reviewed thousands of pages of documentation, both classified and open source, and deliberated at length,” McGuinty said in a March 2020 statement, adding that the reports “were submitted to the Prime Minister on August 30, 2019.”

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While the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed to Global News on Feb. 7 that Trudeau received and reviewed the NSICOP document, spokeswoman Alison Murphy said Tuesday that Trudeau was unaware of Beijing directing funds to political candidates.

“We have no information on any federal candidates receiving money from China, as the Prime Minister stated last fall,” Murphy said.

Global News was the first to report in November on intelligence from the January 2022 “Special Report,” which alleged a sophisticated election interference network orchestrated by the Chinese consulate in Toronto to interfere in the October 2019 election.

According to reports, the group included at least 11 candidates and 13 or more aides. According to sources, an Ontario MPP was also involved, and the group included both witting and unwitting Liberals and Conservatives.

According to sources, this “clandestine transfer of funds” allegedly involved the consulate using a regime-friendly group to act as an intermediary to disburse about $250,000 to a staff member of a 2019 federal candidate. The funds were then allegedly transferred to alleged network members by the aide.

According to Global’s sources, the January 2022 briefs did not mention the network’s alleged clandestine methods or the amount of money involved.

When asked in December if Global News got anything wrong in its earlier reporting, Trudeau denied knowledge of the alleged Chinese disbursements, saying, “I never got briefings on candidates receiving money from China in all the briefings and all the serious briefings I got.”

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Jody Thomas, Trudeau’s national security and intelligence adviser, was questioned by the National Defence Committee late last year about alleged Chinese funding of candidates.

“The news stories about interference that you’ve read are just that — news stories,” Thomas said in December. “I’ll just say it: we’ve never seen money go to 11 candidates.”

Last Thursday, MP Michael Cooper followed up on Thomas’s specific remark at a Parliamentary committee on Foreign Interference hearing.

“You stated that no money was exchanged during the 2019 election, and we have seen no money go to 11 candidates, period,” Cooper said. “Could you please confirm that those were your words?”

“I’m not sure if that was my exact quote,” she said. “However, the link between 11 candidates and $250,000 was incorrect.”

To watch the video, click here: ‘For a very long time,’ Canadian national security agencies have dealt with foreign interference.

In response to Global’s questions about her testimony and her knowledge of the January 2022 “Special Report,” Privy Council Office spokesman Stephane Shank said, “Ms. Thomas will not comment on information that was improperly obtained.”

Shank cited Thomas’ December testimony, “during which the NSIA stated, ‘we have not seen money going to 11 candidates.'”

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The 2019 NSICOP memo review and the 2022 PCO Special Report aren’t the only high-level warnings the Prime Minister’s office issued about foreign funding schemes. According to a PCO memo delivered to the PMO four months after the 2019 election, China secretly transferred money to preferred candidates, as Global reported in December.

“Community leaders facilitate the clandestine transfer of funds and recruit potential targets,” according to the report.

“Its extensive network of quasi-official and local community and interest groups allowed it to obfuscate communication and the flow of funds between Canadian targets and Chinese officials,” according to the report.

Furthermore, according to the document, community leaders and “co-opted” political staffers “under broad guidance” from the Toronto consulate served as intermediaries between Chinese officials and the politicians Beijing sought to influence.

According to the document, the result of these operations is that “staff of targeted politicians provide advice on China-related issues” to the Chinese consulate.

According to the document, other network operators handle funding and attempt to recruit Canadian politicians. It also warned that such influence operations would be “more persistent and pervasive in future elections.”

Bill Blair, the former public safety minister, is the only senior Liberal government official who has acknowledged receiving the February 2020 PCO memo.

Blair, now the Minister for Emergency Preparedness, acknowledged receiving “certain information” from the 2020 memo but declined to elaborate. “I’m not able to share the details of that,” Blair, the only minister to admit it, said.

During last week’s parliamentary hearing on foreign interference, Thomas confirmed that Trudeau and members of his cabinet had received numerous briefs and memos on Chinese election interference schemes in 2019 and 2021 since January 2022.

When asked if Trudeau had been briefed on the February 2020 Privy Council Office memo, Thomas stated that she believed several of Trudeau’s members would have received it, but she did not say whether the Prime Minister had.

Government officials have long maintained that foreign interference will not jeopardize the overall integrity of the elections in 2019 and 2021.

CSIS Director Vigneault agreed with this assessment last week but suggested that Canada establish a registry that tracks foreign agents engaged in political activity to mitigate election interference.

On Monday, Trudeau reiterated the government’s earlier promise to begin consultations on establishing such a registry.

Meanwhile, the PCO’s January 2022 “Special Report” warns that China’s attacks on Canadian democratic institutions go far beyond interference in the 2019 and 2021 elections.

“We assess that Canada remains highly vulnerable to Chinese foreign interference efforts,” according to the 2022 PCO document. “We base this decision on intelligence that reveals deep and persistent Chinese Communist Party interference attempts over a decade.”

Source: Global News

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire — See Her Look!

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Hailey Bieber is channeling her darker side.

On Saturday, June 22, the 27-year-old model, presently pregnant with her first child, published an Instagram Story of herself wearing a black lace gown.

Bieber posed in a black lace bodysuit, emphasizing her baby bump. She paired the outfit with black sunglasses and a small black pocketbook and wore her hair in a sloppy bun.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire

When spotted on the streets of New York City, the Rhode founder was wearing a black leather jacket over his gothic outfit.

Hailey and Justin Bieber announced their first pregnancy in May with a romantic Instagram post in which Hailey held a bouquet and showed off her expanding baby bump.

Justin’s mother, Pattie Mallette, expressed excitement in an Instagram Reel following their news.

“I’ve been waiting for this day. And now that they’ve announced it, I can finally celebrate with you all, and oh my word, I’m going to be a grandmother,” she added in the video.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire

Shortly after, Hailey’s uncle, Billy Baldwin, spoke exclusively with PEOPLE about his growing family. “I really feel like there’s no higher calling than that responsibility,” he said of Hailey and Justin, 30, who are becoming parents.

The couple married in a small courtroom ceremony in September 2018 before exchanging vows in a grander ceremony in South Carolina the following year.

Throughout Hailey’s pregnancy, she has boldly shown her baby bump.

Earlier this month, the pregnant woman took a mirror selfie dressed in baggy black slacks and a slightly cropped striped blouse. She accessorized the look with a black leather shoulder bag, matching sunglasses, and one of Rhode’s viral phone cases.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire

Before that, she published photographs from her latest campaign with Yves Saint Laurent, revealing that she had been carrying her child for months when she photographed for the brand.

“Shot this 4 months preggy with a little bean in my belly,” she posted on Instagram Stories, alongside a photo of the ad.

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Canada Day Parade Cancelled in Montreal Due to Bureaucracy and Politics

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The organizer of Montreal’s Canada Day parade has cancelled this year’s event, blaming bureaucratic red tape and politics. Nick Cowen the main Organizer of the Montreal Canada Day Parade issued a press release stating that he has had increasing difficulty in obtaining permissions and funds, as well as approval from government officials.

“Despite honoring all conditions set forth, Cowen said in his press release that he had been met with rules that change at the last minute and requests that make putting on the parade virtually impossible, An event that is meant to inspire unity has been thwarted because of division.”

Cowen claimed that in 2023, he was compelled to fill out the same documentation many times and completely restructure the event to satisfy Montreal city regulators. He also stated that he was directed to find 148 volunteers at the last minute, in order to ensure that at least one person stood by the procession cars’ tires.

“Imagine you are in traffic and need four people, one at each tire, to make sure no one runs under the wheel of a normal car,” he stated in an email.

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He added that the federal government “requested that parts of the parade be removed entirely,” including the cake to be presented at the end of the march. “The parade’s budget was also reduced to 2013 levels in another devastating blow to this cherished event,” the author said.

The city of Montreal and the federal heritage agency did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

The parade has taken place since the late 1970s, however it was canceled between 2020 and 2022 due of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The news comes as organizers in some communities have rethought their celebrations in recent years due to rising security and insurance costs, as well as funding issues.

Cowen told The Canadian Press that, while COVID-19 contributed to the event’s cancellation, he was also trying to meet mounting costs as federal financing failed to keep up with inflation.

Other Canada Day celebrations will take place in Montreal on July 1, including the customary Old Port celebration with games, face painting, cupcakes, and music.

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In Montreal, Canada Day is a vibrant celebration that oozes enthusiasm and pride throughout the city. People dress in their finest patriotic garb, and the streets are filled with red and white.

Typically, the day begins with a massive parade through the city center, complete with colorful floats, marching bands, and cultural performers. Local parks are wonderful picnic spots since they host family-friendly activities such as face painting, games, and live music.

Streetside food trucks bordering the avenues serve a variety of Canadian foods, including poutine and maple sugar. Fireworks over the Old Port brighten the sky as the sun sets, creating a fantastic atmosphere.

Concerts and other activities continue throughout the evening, emphasizing local talent and fostering a sense of community. It’s a day of celebration, togetherness, and deep appreciation for Canada’s rich history.

Both locals and foreigners should attend this event because of Montreal’s unique fusion of French and English cultures, which adds a unique flavor to the celebrations.

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NATO Secretary-General Urges Trudeau to Honour Canada’s Spending Target

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Canada needs to meet NATO’s minimum defence spending target, and present a plan on how it will reach it as a way to show authoritarian regimes that Western allies are aligned, NATO alliance’s secretary general has said.

Numbers NATO released this week show Canada is expected to spend 1.37 per cent of its gross domestic product on defence this year, well below the two per cent target.

“Canada’s standing in NATO is strong, but at the same time of course we expect all allies to make good on the promise of investing two per cent,” Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, said during an event hosted by the NATO Association of Canada in Ottawa.

Ahead of Stoltenberg’s remarks, Defence Minister Bill Blair promised the goal will eventually be reached, as Russia’s war in Ukraine raises a threat of expanded conflict in Europe.

Last year, members agreed that two per cent should be a minimum, a reflection of worries over Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Stoltenberg acknowledged it’s tough for politicians to prioritize defence over social services, but said a precondition of success in any Western country is preserving peace and investing in security.

Canada faces the same challenges as all the allied countries that have budgets, he said.

“They’re concerned about the fiscal balance. They want to spend money on health, education and on the other things,” he said.

But at the end of the day, if those countries aren’t able to prevent war, their efforts on health, education and climate change “will fail” he said.

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His remarks on spending received enthusiastic applause from the NATO Association of Canada, including from former defence minister Anita Anand, who snuck in the back to listen to his remarks.

A handful of protesters gathered outside a building in the parliamentary precinct where Stoltenberg spoke.

On the sidewalk in front of the building, “Canada lagging behind our NATO allies” was written in chalk, along with “Trudeau and Blair laughing stocks of the world” and “Canadians are not laughing.”

Stoltenberg’s visit came the same day Russia and North Korea signed an agreement that pledges mutual aid if either country faces “aggression.”

Stoltenberg expressed concern that Russia could be providing support to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and over China “propping up Russia’s war economy” by providing electronics that are being used in weapons and combat against Ukraine.

“So the answer is that when they are more and more aligned, all the authoritarian regimes like North Korea, China, Iran and Russia, then it’s even more important that we are aligned as countries believing in freedom and democracy,” he said.

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Defence spending across European allies and Canada was up nearly 18 per cent this year alone, Stoltenberg said during a speech at the White House on Monday — the biggest increase in decades.

Blair has said Canada’s defence spending will climb to at least 1.75 per cent of its GDP by 2029.

Additional spending on a new submarine fleet and integrated air defence and missile systems will probably push the figure past the two per cent mark, Blair said.

“Let me assure you that we’ve been doing a great deal of work within our Defence Department, with the government of Canada, but also with our NATO allies,” Blair said.

Allies were “very encouraged” by a defence policy update Canada released earlier this year, he said.

Defence spending will be among a number of topics Stoltenberg said he would raise with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he had dinner with on Wednesday.

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The secretary general embraced Trudeau and Ottawa warmly, calling Canada like “home” and the prime minister “friend.” Stoltenberg also wants Canada to scale up its contribution in the North and maritime operations.

Both Blair and Anand, now treasury board president, acknowledged this week that defence spending is delayed because of a shortage of procurement workers. “We have the ability to accelerate spending. It does require an investment in people to get the job done,” Blair said.

The Liberal government has set aside $1.8 billion over 20 years to increase the number of workers who can purchase new equipment, recruit, train new soldiers and upgrade infrastructure.

NATO leaders are set to meet in Washington, D.C., next month for an annual summit and mark the alliance’s 75th anniversary.

Increasing funding for Ukraine will be an agenda priority, after Stoltenberg came forward with a proposal for all NATO allies to contribute 40 billion euros a year, Blair said.

At the White House on Monday, Stoltenberg said his expectation for next month’s meeting is to have allies agree “to step up financial and military support to Ukraine,” and reduce the burden on the U.S.

Source: The Canadian Press

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