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e-2835 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by mimi lee from Markham, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Former Ambassador to China, Hon. John McCallum, publicly sided with China on Meng Wanzhou case;
  • Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, had mortgaged two properties in Britain with a Chinese state-owned bank;
  • Although, following immense public outcry in both cases, Ambassador McCallum was removed from his position, and Minister Champagne announced he had repaid and refinanced both mortgages with a Canadian bank, Canadians remain concerned about what seems to be a pattern of close and “friendly” relationships between some Canadian officials and Chinese state-controlled entities;
  • The concerns of Canadians regarding foreign influence were corroborated by the 2019 annual report of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), on findings of foreign interference poses a grave threat to Canada and its institutions, pointing specifically to countries like China and Russia that reportedly use flattery, bribery, threats and manipulation to influence foreign governments; and
  • On June 9, 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) published a report which further shed light on the nature and extent of the Chinese Communist Party's widespread systems of foreign influence.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Reaffirm its commitment to openness, transparency, and accountability to Canadian citizens, especially as it relates to the recent uptick in potential foreign influence from the People’s Republic of China; and
2. Review and implement legislation to counter foreign interference and influence, looking in particular to experiences of other democratic countries, like Australia, which have effectively addressed these problems.
Open for signature
September 15, 2020, at 3:23 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 15, 2020, at 3:23 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Garnett Genuis
Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan
Conservative Caucus
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