China wooing Canadian politicians with gifts and women, Tory MP alleges
“…politicians and government officials from Canada and other countries are being wooed with extravagant gifts, beautiful young women and too-good-to-be-true business deals.”
Renata D’Aliesio, Postmedia News with files from National Post ·
Friday, Jul. 30, 2010
CALGARY — China’s influence over Western politicians runs deeper than controversial claims made by the head of Canada’s spy agency, Tory MP Rob Anders is alleging.
In a recent interview with Epoch Times, an international newspaper founded by Falun Gong supporters, Mr. Anders suggested politicians and government officials from Canada and other countries are being wooed with extravagant gifts, beautiful young women and too-good-to-be-true business deals.
“The reach is deep, and it’s very unfortunate,” Mr. Anders told the newspaper.
“I would argue that I’ve seen things happen on a federal level as well in our own government. And so I think there’s a lot more than he has even mentioned,” the Calgary MP added, referring to Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Richard Fadden.
“I think that Mr. Fadden only gingerly scratched the surface. I feel for him that he was dragged before an investigative committee with Parliament to have to explain, and I think that this situation is far worse that what he let on.”
Andrew MacDougall, a spokesman with the Prime Minister’s Office, declined Thursday to comment on Mr. Anders’ assertions, saying the MP “speaks for himself” and his views do not reflect the position of the Conservative government.
Mr. Fadden faced a storm of criticism after saying last month that Canada’s spy agency suspects several municipal politicians in British Columbia and cabinet ministers in at least two provinces had fallen under the influence of a foreign government.
While he later expressed regret for divulging too many details about intelligence operations, Mr. Fadden has stood by his comments.
The Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois have all called for his resignation.
Mr. Anders’ opinions have landed him in political hot water in the past.
Last month, the veteran Calgary West MP apologized for a comment he wrote on a card to Canadian troops in Afghanistan: “When in doubt, pull the trigger.”
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said Thursday night that the comments of Mr. Anders and Mr. Fadden are clouding the future of Canadian and Chinese relations.
“If you’re running a serious relationship with a serious country you don’t say those kinds of things,” he said after a speaking engagement in Toronto’s Chinatown. “As my mother used to say, it’s bush league.”
Postmedia News with files from National Post
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