Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is looking into broad foreign interference by China in Canadian affairs. However, she did not detail precisely what activities the federal police force is investigating.
The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs investigates potential foreign interference in Canadian elections.
According to The Globe and Mail News, on November 28, Commissioner Lucki sent a letter to a House of Commons committee looking into potential Beijing interference in the 2019 general election. She said that the Mounties had no evidence of wrongdoing but were looking into broader Chinese interference, including “interference in democratic processes” in Canada.
She added, “The RCMP can confirm that it currently does have investigations into broader foreign actor interference activities.”
Canadian officials have intensified their accusations of Beijing allegedly interfering in this nation and other nation’s domestic affairs.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed serious concerns about China’s “interference” in Canada to President Xi Jinping at the recent G20 summit in Indonesia. Later, Xi Jinping chastised the Prime Minister for making public what he felt should have been a private conversation.
In a statement to the House made last week, Mr. Trudeau explained that “there are consistent engagements by representatives of the Chinese government into Canadian communities, with local media, reports of illicit Chinese police stations.”
The RCMP is looking into reports that China operates more than 50 police stations, including three in the Greater Toronto Area.
Also, on November 28, a former employee of Quebec’s power utility, accused of spying for China, was granted bail.
Under Canada’s Security of Information Act, 35-year-old Yuesheng Wang is the first to be charged with economic espionage.