The Conservative Party is seeking confirmation from the federal ethics commissioner on whether approval was sought on a book deal with the Chinese state-owned publishing house that republished Justin Trudeau’s personal memoirs in 2016.
“I am writing to you about concerns raised by an article published today in the Globe and Mail titled ‘Justin Trudeau’s book was republished by a Chinese state-owned company after he became prime minister, Conservative candidate Michael Barrett wrote to Ethics Commissioner Mario. Dion on 14 September.
“This story suggests that after becoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau’s memoir was published by a Chinese publishing company under the title ‘The Legend Continues’.”
According to globeTrudeau’s publisher, HarperCollins, struck a deal with Yilin Press of Nanjing, China, which is owned by Jiangsu Phoenix Publishing & Media, a state-owned enterprise that takes orders from the Department of Publicity. Jiangsu Provincial Communist Party Committee to republish Trudeau’s 2014 memoir “Common Ground” in Chinese.
Barrett said the book deal was made at a time when Trudeau was actively trying to forge ties with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including discussing a free trade deal and joining the Asian Infrastructure Bank .
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.
The Globe reported that Trudeau’s former senior security and foreign policy adviser was unaware of the book deal, and would have been advised to decline the deal if he had known about it.
Asked about the issue by a Globe reporter during a campaign stop in Richmond, BC 14 september, Trudeau said he played no part in the deal.
“The Globe and Mail is well aware that all handling of the international editions of my book was done entirely by the publisher,” he said.
“And the Globe Mail knows very well that all profits from that book go to the Canadian Red Cross. I don’t see a dime and I don’t care where it gets translated or sold. “
When asked if Dion’s approval was sought, Trudeau did not respond directly.
“The Ethics Commissioner has cleared all my sources of income several times,” he said.
The Epoch Times reached out to the Liberal Party for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.
Barrett said that a book contract with an entity controlled by the CCP would have implications under the provisions of Section 7 of the Conflict of Interest Act, which states that “No holder of public office shall, in the exercise of official power, duty or function, give preference to any person or organization on the basis of the identity of the person or organization that represents the first-mentioned person or organization.” Is. “
He said that under the provisions of Section 21 of the Act Trudeau would also have distanced himself from decisions related to Chinese rule.
“It is very important that Canadians can trust that our leaders do not have undeclared conflicts of interest with foreign governments,” Barrett said in the letter.
He asked Dion to confirm whether Trudeau has disclosed the deal “at any time since 2016”.
“Your attention and clarification on this matter is extremely important as Canadians decide to reward Justin Trudeau for breaking his promise and calling an unnecessary election in the midst of a pandemic,” he wrote.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times