After tasking his family friends to privately look into the matter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reportedly set to permit an actual public inquiry into foreign interference in Canadian affairs.
However, it remains unclear how transparent the process will be as the Prime Minister is capable of withholding certain cabinet documents, even in a public inquiry.
This development comes in light of bombshell allegations that Communist China helped Trudeau win the 2019 and 2021 elections, and amid historic polling lows for the scandal plagued PM.
Trudeau had snubbed all previous attempts to allow a public inquiry, even dismissing a majority vote in the house of commons.
Instead, he hired his long time family friend David Johnston to look into the matter — not a public inquiry – who later resigned due to allegations of partisanship.
This time, Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Marie-Josée Hogue has reportedly been entrusted to lead the inquiry, who has a background in civil litigation, corporate commercial litigation, and professional liability.
The inquiry will look into China, Iran, Russia, and India, in compliance with the NDP’s insistence as part of their agreement with the Liberals and the Conservatives.
Trudeau’s popularity has plummeted to historic lows recently, with the Conservative Party currently projected to win a majority government, if an election were held today.
The inquiry will be delivered in two parts. The first is reportedly scheduled to be delivered on February 29, 2024, and will primarily focus on assessing foreign interference by China and Russia, including any potential impacts such interference may have had on the outcomes of the 2019 and 2021 federal elections.
The second part will be delivered by the end of 2024, as reported by the Globe and Mail.
As previously reported, alleged CSIS leaks state that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interfered in Canada’s 2021 election to help the Trudeau Liberals win and cause the Conservatives to lose.
Robert Fife from the Globe and Mail reported in February that the CCP “employed a sophisticated strategy” to interfere in the outcome so that the Trudeau Liberals could form a minority government.
“The Liberal Party of Canada is becoming the only party that the PRC can support,” said a Chinese consulate, as quoted in Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) documents.
Global News also broke the story that the CCP secretly funded at least 11 CCP-affiliated candidates in Canada’s 2019 federal election.
Alleged CSIS documents further revealed that the CCP conducted election interference operations by issuing undeclared cash donations to preferred candidates’ political campaigns. Furthermore, the CCP would have Chinese business owners in Canada hire international Chinese students to volunteer in election campaigns.
The CCP further sought to influence Chinese-Canadians. One official said this was easy to do.
Trudeau’s submission to allow a public inquiry comes six months after stymying all calls for one. On top of hiring his family friend to privately look into the matter, Trudeau also appointed agencies to do it privately that later said he wasn’t cooperating with their request for certain documents.