Chief Electoral Officer Asked by MPs About Reports of China Funding at Least 11 Candidates

Canada’s chief electoral officer says he did not receive any reports of Beijing interfering with the 2019 federal election when asked by MPs during his testimony before the Commons House Affairs committee (PROC) on Nov. 22.
“I’ve not received any reports regarding specific instances of noncompliance with the legislation or specific instances of Chinese interference in the election,” Stéphane Perrault told the committee.
Perrault was responding to Conservative MP Michael Cooper who asked if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and any cabinet ministers had reported to Elections Canada on the issue.
Allegations of China interfering in the 2019 election, which included funding of a clandestine network of at least 11 candidates, arose after a Global News report published Nov. 7 said that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) had warned Trudeau and several cabinet ministers in a series of briefings and memos in January of the matter….

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