David Eby ‘troubled’ by reported election interference, while Chinese consulate pushes back
B.C. Premier David Eby says he’s very troubled by reports of China’s interference in Vancouver’s 2022 civic election and has asked Canada’s intelligence agency for a briefing on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Chinese consulate in Vancouver denied the allegations.
Eby said Friday that Canadians deserve a thorough and independent investigation into the claims reported Thursday in The Globe and Mail that China’s consulate in Vancouver sought to meddle in the municipal election by “grooming” certain candidates to advance Beijing’s interests.
At a news conference in Prince Rupert, the premier said he had requested a “full briefing” by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, but had not yet received it.
This Globe story quoted a secret January, 2022, CSIS report, which said China’s then-consul-general in Vancouver was already seeking to influence the result of last October’s municipal election. The documents did not name the consulate’s favoured mayoral and council contenders, but said it wanted the incumbent Kennedy Stewart to lose.
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