Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with British Columbia Premier David Eby yesterday afternoon during his visit to the Lower Mainland.
The two leaders announced that British Columbia is the ninth province to agree, in principle, to the recent health-care funding proposal by the federal government.
The prime minister was peppered with questions about Chinese interference in Canadian elections during the media availability that followed, where he reassured Canadians that the government appointed a panel of senior public servants to review electoral integrity.
Trudeau noted that the government will study the report published by the panel carefully so that the government can determine the best way to empower Canadians to vote moving forward.
Trudeau refers to diaspora communities in Canada and appears to acknowledge the vulnerabilities in Canada’s democracy that exist as a result.
“We have ensured that populations that are particularly vulnerable to foreign interference by problematic state actors are properly supported and properly informed of the risks that they are being targeted,” he said.
Yet the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) agency described exactly that, in a recent report.
During stringent media questioning while touring British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, Trudeau immediately dismissed the assertion that there was election interference and referred to anyone who questions the integrity of his party members as racist.
It has been alleged through reports by the Globe and Mail that an anonymous CSIS source claims Liberal cabinet members are compromised by Chinese Communist Party state actors.
While it’s been confirmed that Bejing did attempt to meddle in Canada’s elections — both in 2019 and 2021 — the Liberal appointed committee has since investigated itself and this interference did not affect electoral outcomes.