Liberals move bills on GST benefits, dental care as Parliament resumes
OTTAWA — Affordability was the name of the political game on Tuesday as the House of Commons resumed for a fall sitting, but most eyes were on Pierre Poilievre as he made his debut in the Opposition leader's chair 10 days after winning the Conservative leadership contest. Any sparks that may fly between Poilievre and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have to wait for Thursday, when Trudeau returns to the House following the United Nations General Assembly. On Tuesday, the Liberals wasted no time introducing legislation to offer some brief respite to lower-income Canadians struggling to pay their bills amid soaring costs.
The federal Liberals have long shied away from confrontation with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but, as with all bullies, acquiescing to them results not in peace, but undaunted escalation. © Provided by National Post A police officer inspects an internet café in Fuzhou, China, in a file photo from 2006. At least three operations in the Greater Toronto Area officially registered as Fuzhou Public Security Bureau “service stations” are actually illegal Chinese police stations, a new report alleges.
According to a new report by human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders, China has ramped up extrajudicial intrusions on Canadian soil. Their research finds that at least three operations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) officially registered as Fuzhou Public Security Bureau “service stations” are actually illegal police stations. Safeguard Defenders alleges China uses these outposts to monitor Chinese nationals and “persuade” Chinese citizens accused of various corruption crimes to return home.
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Persuade is, of course, a euphemism for the coercion, harassment and threats reported in recent years by Chinese citizens living in Canada. These tactics have also been used against Chinese immigrants who protest or critique the CCP. Even prior to Safeguard Defenders’ police station reveal, it was widely suspected that Chinese foreign agents operate in Canada.
It should also be noted the CCP uses corruption charges to target political rivals and dissidents . As we know well from the Two Michaels saga, China’s justice system is cloaked in secrecy and abused by the powerful to achieve other goals.
The only real shock is just how brazen China appears to be in setting up physical police stations. But, then again, why wouldn’t it when our federal government, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and various levels of law enforcement consistently fail to address China’s aggression in any meaningful way?
Canada terror rules unchanged as Afghans face humanitarian crisis and winter looms
OTTAWA — Opposition parties and aid groups say the Trudeau government is dragging its feet in carving out exemptions to anti-terrorism laws to allow humanitarian groups to reach desperate people in Afghanistan. "There is nothing but political will interfering with us solving this problem," said NDP foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson. In June, a multi-party committee called on the government to modify the Criminal Code so that major humanitarian groups can help Afghans without being charged with assisting the Taliban.
Less than a month ago Hong Kong charged a longtime Canadian citizen with “subversion” under its repressive national security law for activities he undertook in Canada.
When a National Post reporter asked whether China can prosecute another nation’s citizen for an act that occurred in that country, a Hong Kong Security Bureau spokesperson wrote, “It should also be pointed out that the NSL has extraterritorial effect. Any persons or entities who violate the NSL, regardless of their background or where they are located, will be dealt with by the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) government in accordance with the law.”
The Hong Kong Security Bureau also told Global News it would “spare no efforts in pursuing the cases in accordance with the law in order to bring the offenders to justice” — a promise that becomes even more chilling in light of Safeguard Defenders’ latest revelations.
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This is the sort of attack on Canadian sovereignty, rule of law and respect for human and civil rights that should result in swift condemnation from a head of state. But, despite calls to do so, neither Justin Trudeau nor any of his cabinet have commented on the situation, let alone moved to protect dissidents or rebuke China.
How hard can it be to say that Chinese laws don’t apply to Canadian citizens in Canada? That we protect freedom of speech and won’t tolerate infringement on our sovereignty? Or that we won’t tolerate state-sponsored harassment and intimidation campaigns on our soil?
Laws to counteract these aggressions exist, but it’s the unwillingness to call out bad behaviour and provide enforcement resources that allows them to continue. “We hadn’t devoted resources to this. … I can’t think of an instance where we have succeeded on the back of a complaint that Chinese agents were strong-arming citizens. You have to throw your shoulder into it,” former RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson told the Globe and Mail.
CAQ sails to victory in Quebec with largest majority in decades
Four years after winning its first election, François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec party will once again form a majority government in Quebec. With the party leading or elected in 90 ridings, the victory is a landslide.The CAQ was elected in 88 ridings and leading in another two, as of 1:30 a.m. ET, making it the highest number of seats won by a party in a Quebec election since 1989, when Robert Bourassa's Liberals won 92 seats.
In 2021, China allegedly interfered with our federal election by spreading anti-Conservative disinformation online. It brazenly disseminates propaganda to Chinese-Canadians through websites, media and advocacy groups that conceal the source of their support. In his book Wilful Blindness , investigative journalist Sam Cooper posits that both the fentanyl crisis and Chinese gangs’ money-laundering via Canadian real estate are tacitly permitted by the CCP with the goal of destabilization.
Yet little to nothing has been done about these infringements, either. At a minimum, Canada needs to enforce its own laws, no matter who the perpetrators are. It also needs a strong China policy, which has apparently been years in the making under the Trudeau Liberals, but still has no release date in sight.
The Liberals can no longer ignore the threat posed by an increasingly aggressive and belligerent CCP. Doing so doesn’t prevent conflict, but allows it to snowball to even more dangerous proportions. It’s long past time to stand up to China.
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