Bets on Date for first RCMP Arrest for PRC Intimidation/Interference in Canada?

I wouldn’t hold my breath given the reluctance of PM Trudeau’s government to see criminal charges related to Chicom espionage in Canada (there have been none under his premiership, many in the US by the Justice Department). Plus those involved are likely to be working out of their four Consulates General in Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal) or Chinese Canadians involved with CCP United Front Work Department bodies (no racism, please). But at least the Mounties’ commissioner is publicly referring to China.

CBC story by Catharine Tunney (tweets here):

RCMP should do more to help those intimidated by China, Lucki says

Commissioner says the force will pursue charges where possible

The RCMP should do more to help those who feel threatened or coerced by foreign governments, including China, to come forward, according to Commissioner Brenda Lucki.

Lucki’s comments to the parliamentary committee on Canada-China relations come after pro-Hong Kong activists in British Columbia say they were threatened online and told by police there was little authorities could do.

Lucki noted that, though the RCMP has a 1-800 number for reporting threats to national security, “by the sounds of it, it sounds like we need to do better communication [NO SHOOT, SHERLOCK!].”  

“If people are getting intimidated, as soon as they’re brought to our attention, there’s full investigations [emphasis added–really, by these people? a post: “The Mounties’ Constable Plod, or, the Globe and Mail Maintains the Time may be Right to Bust Up the RCMP‘]. If people, if they have broken any of the laws in the Criminal Code, we will pursue charges in those cases [on flippin’ verra],” Lucki told the committee Thursday night [Feb. 25]

*CSIS warns of threats to vaccine distribution chain [Canadian Security Intelligence Service]

*China and Russia’s meddling ‘a clear threat to the security of Canada’: report

The issue of foreign governments pressuring their international communities is far from new, but Canada’s spy agency has been publicly sounding the alarm…

And last year, one of Canada’s key national security oversight bodies, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians [NSICOP], released a report showing how China has been pressing their diaspora and groups based on Canadian campuses as part of “significant and sustained” foreign interference activities in Canada [emphasis added].

The committee said those methods are part of an attempt by foreign actors to sway public opinion, manipulate the media and influence government decision-making. 

Public Safety Minister  Bill Blair, also testifying before the committee on Thursday, said Ottawa will step in if foreign governments cross the line.

“For those Canadians who may be subject to intimidation or inappropriate influence in Canadian society, we want them to know that we’re here for them and that we’re here to support them,” he said.

“If they need our help, we have the ability and the tools to respond appropriately [HONEST?].”

*’We know where your parents live’: Hong Kong activists say Canadian police helpless against online threats

Earlier this month CSIS director David Vigneault outlined how hostile foreign governments, notably China and Russia, are “aggressively” targeting Canadians, seeking a political and economic advantage.

“A number of foreign states engage in hostile actions that routinely threaten and intimidate individuals in Canada to instill fear, silence dissent, and pressure political opponents [emphasis added],” he said during a public speech.

Vigneault stressed that the threat from China comes from its government [and the Communist Party and its United Front Work Department, well represented in Canada] and not from the Chinese people.

Related posts:

[NSICOP report] Yes, Justin, There is a Serious Foreign Interference Threat in Canada–and, by the way, the RCMP is Stretched to the Limit and Beyond in a Number of Fields

Pernicious Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics in Canada (including United Front Work Dept.) and Our Government’s Limp Response

“Elite Capture’, or, Chicoms’ Pernicious Influence and Interference in Canada–more on Compradors, United Front Work Department and Pols

What Canada can Learn from Australia’s Anti-Foreign influence/Interference Actions–plus more on The Dragon vs The Beaver, with a Biden Twist

A Plea for Canadians–and PM Trudeau’s Government–to take the PRC Security Threat Seriously

Mark Collins

Twitter: @Mark3ds

8 thoughts on “Bets on Date for first RCMP Arrest for PRC Intimidation/Interference in Canada?”

  1. When will the Mounties get their man? Any man. Or woman. Dismal that never any charges:

    ‘RCMP receives hundreds of tips on Chinese agents’ activities

    The RCMP reportedly receive more than 100 calls daily from tipsters on the alleged activities of agents from the Communist Party of China.

    In a Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Brenda Lucki said the RCMP receives an average of 120 tips a day and they “follow up, obviously, with all of them,” according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

    During questioning, Bloc Quebecois MP Stephane Bergeron asked if there was an 800 number Canadians could call if they are subjected to pressure from the People’s Republic of China.

    Lucki said the number (1-800-420-5805) is displayed on both the RCMP’s main and national security websites respectively.

    “We find, it is probably noteworthy, as the volume of tips increases the threat percentages significantly decline,” said Lucki. “Some of it is just information that people might feel. They might feel, for example, a threat and if it doesn’t meet the threshold of a criminal offence, then we normally can’t deal with it.”

    Conservative MP John Williamson asked Lucki whether the tendency of activities were more likely to come from a “diplomatic mission, a visitor or a citizen.”

    The commissioner said even if the RCMP had that info she couldn’t share it with him.

    On Nov. 16, 2020, the Department of Immigration told the committee it didn’t keep track of suspected Communist Party agents who posed as students, tourists or workers in Canada, noting the department doesn’t have investigative powers.

    The country’s members of parliament cited specific 2019 incidents, such as McMaster University’s ban of the Students Scholars Association, which is suspected of hectoring Uygur Moslem students on campus; as well as death threats received by a Tibetan-Canadian after their election as student union president at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

    “We all know China is conducting covert and subversive operations in Canada,” Conservative MP Michael Chong said.

    On Nov. 9, 2020, Victor Ho, retired editor of Canadian Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao, testified Communist Party agents were “trying to intimidate people” in the Chinese-Canadian community.

    Ho said there needs to be safeguards to ensure communities aren’t being infiltrated and brainwashed into “accepting the policies of the Communist Party of China.”’
    https://torontosun.com/news/national/rcmp-receives-hundreds-of-tip-on-chinese-agents-activities

    Note this post on Chinese-language Canadian media:

    “Dragon Devouring Canadian Chinese Media, Part 2 (Note “Update” on situation in Australia towards end)’
    https://mark3ds.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/dragon-devouring-canadian-chinese-media-part-2/

    Mark Collins

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