The Trudeau Foundation has come under intense scrutiny in recent months due to its alleged ties with China, and the investigation into this matter is ongoing. In a unanimous decision in April, Members of Parliament from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee voted to initiate an inquiry into the funding sources of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
This move was prompted by the revelation that the non-profit organization had received a $200,000 donation that was suspected to be linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Following the disclosure of this information, the entire board of directors, including the president and CEO, resigned from the Trudeau Foundation.
The revelation of the donation comes amidst a growing number of reports that suggest the CCP has interfered in Canada’s past two federal elections, both of which resulted in Justin Trudeau’s victory.
In a recent development, Han Dong, a Member of Parliament belonging to Trudeau’s Liberal Party, resigned after allegations emerged that he had requested a Chinese diplomat to delay the release of two Canadians who were being held captive by the Communist Chinese regime. This incident adds to the mounting concerns surrounding the relationship between Canada and China.
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan expressed frustration over the lack of cooperation from the Trudeau Foundation and its affiliates. Genuis emphasized the urgent need to uncover the truth and criticized the repeated obstruction of the investigation.
Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a retired Canadian spy, called for severe consequences, including jail time, for anyone found to be involved in China’s meddling in Canada’s elections and government affairs. He argued that such actions should be treated as acts of treason rather than mere misdemeanors.
In a retaliatory move, the Chinese government expelled a Canadian diplomat following Canada’s decision to eject a Chinese consul who was implicated in spying on MP Michael Chong and his family. The CCP justified their actions as a reciprocal countermeasure in response to what they called Canada’s unscrupulous behavior.
The refusal of former Governor General David Johnston to testify further complicates the situation. Johnston, who was appointed as an independent special rapporteur by Trudeau to investigate allegations of Chinese election meddling, declined to answer questions about his involvement with the Trudeau Foundation. This refusal has raised concerns and heightened suspicions about the potential link between the foundation and Communist China.
The investigation into the Trudeau Foundation and its alleged ties to China is far from over. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee remains committed to uncovering the truth and obtaining necessary documents and testimonies. As the inquiry progresses, the revelations and findings are likely to shed light on the extent of foreign interference in Canadian affairs and the implications it has for the nation’s democratic processes and sovereignty.