Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘Significant’ security concerns: Tory candidates on Trudeau’s book deal with CCP-controlled publisher

A previous publication deal with a CCP-controlled company that printed the personal memoir of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in China raises concerns not only from an ethics standpoint, but also from national security, a Tory candidate says.

“We are very concerned about the fact that the Prime Minister of Canada will have a personal publishing deal with a Chinese state-owned and controlled company,” Conservative candidate Garnett Januis told NTD Television, The Epoch Times’ sister media. Januise Sherwood is seeking re-election in the Park-Fort Saskatchewan ride and is her party’s shadow minister for human rights.

“That means it is dependent on that company, and is indirectly dependent on the Chinese government” [of] For royalties, for their personal financial situation. “

First reported by the Globe and Mail on September 14, Trudeau’s Canadian publisher HarperCollins published Trudeau’s 2014 memoir “Common Ground” in 2016 with the Yilin Press of Nanjing, China, under the title “The Legend Continues” in Chinese. Made a deal to republish. “

The publisher’s parent company is Jiangsu Phoenix Publishing & Media, a state-owned enterprise that takes orders from the propaganda department of the Jiangsu Provincial Communist Party Committee.

Januis says this relationship between a CCP state-owned company and the PM raises questions of both morality and national security.

“Is this a possible mechanism of influence on the Canadian prime minister?” he said.

“This is very clearly an attempt by the Chinese government to establish a personal relationship with a foreign head of state that advances their interests.”

On September 14, Conservative candidate Michael Barrett wrote to federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion, asking to confirm whether Trudeau had disclosed the book deal “at any time since 2016”. Barrett said in his letter that the book deal was made at a time when Liberal leaders were actively pursuing a free trade deal with Beijing and joining the Asian Infrastructure Bank.

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Conservative MP Michael Barrett arrives at a caucus meeting in Ottawa on June 23, 2021. (Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

Mr Trudeau was later faced with several important decisions regarding Canada’s relationship with China, including banning Huawei from Canada’s 5G network, partnering with a Chinese state enterprise on the development of a COVID vaccine, Uighurs Responding to China’s genocide against, and action on Hong Kong,” he wrote.

Barrett said Trudeau could potentially violate Section 7 and Section 21 of the Conflict of Interest Act on preferential treatment, which he should have distanced himself from on decisions related to the Chinese regime.

But Trudeau said he played no part in the deal when asked by a reporter during an election campaign in Richmond, B.C., on September 14.

“The international editions of my book are completely handled by the publisher,” he said.

“All profits from that book go to the Canadian Red Cross. I don’t see a dime, and I have nothing to do with where it is translated or sold.”

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When asked whether approval was sought from Dion, Trudeau did not respond directly, but said, “The ethics commissioner has cleared all my sources of income multiple times.”

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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks to the media after the federal election. English language leaders’ debate on September 9, 2021 in Gatineau, Ky. (Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

China ‘interfering in Canadian elections’

Januis said the issue of Beijing’s influence on Canadian politicians is topical, as Conservative candidates see attempts by the Chinese regime to actively interfere in federal elections, using curtains to influence who is elected in Canada. working backwards.

“We see the dismal efforts of the Chinese government to interfere in the Canadian election, to try to prevent the election of conservative candidates in support of the election of liberal candidates,” he said.

“This is something we have been warned about many times, and the government has failed to take seriously.”

Chinese state-owned media have published hostile reports against the Conservative Party and leader Erin O’Toole, who has taken a strong position against the CCP, including defending human rights in China.

Januis stated that his party’s policies against foreign interference, particularly on protecting Canadian Chinese from threats, potential violence and intimidation, have been well received by the Chinese community, but he called on the CCP to “distribute” its agents in Canada. Inspired to intervene and order to wrongfully defame the candidate.”

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Conservative MP Kenny Chiu stands during Question Hour in the House of Commons on April 13, 2021. (Canadian Press/Adrian Wilde)

Conservative candidate Kenny Chiu, who is seeking re-election in the BC riding of Stevenson-Richmond East, has seen such attempts to rob him of his votes, in a series of smear campaigns against him over the years.

He told The Epoch Times in a previous interview that he has been a target of misinformation against him in past election campaigns, but this year “it’s been extraordinary.”

Referring to social media posts, radio commentary and online articles in pro-Beijing media, Chiu said, “Compared to what I’ve seen, it’s nothing – it’s multi-dimensional.”

Chiu has taken a public stand against the CCP’s human rights violations and interference actions. In April, he introduced a Private Member’s Bill 282, which seeks to enforce those acting on behalf of foreign entities to register as foreign agents in an effort to “counter foreign interference in Canada”. .

Januis said the CCP’s efforts show that the regime does not want a conservative government that “stands up for right, stands up for justice and is prepared to counter foreign state-backed interference.”

“Any country that is serious about its sovereignty cannot allow the kind of interference that we have seen coming from other countries, especially from the government of China,” he said.

With reporting by Omid Ghorishi

Isaac Teo

Isaac is a reporter based in Toronto.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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