By: Greg Staley
Written On: 2021-06-30
In July of 2010, The Director of Canada Security Intelligence Service, Richard Fadden testified to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security that foreign interference is “a concern and a threat” and that it’s “more common here and elsewhere than people think.” The CSIS director also remarked that “this matter is not new” – and that was in 2010.
CSIS Director Richard Fadden ended up in front of the Committee due to a speech he made for the Royal Canadian Military Institute where he said “that there are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are Ministers of the Crown whom we think are under at least we think the general influence of a foreign government. They have no idea. It’s just a long standing relationship you develop friends – you know It’s what I do in reverse and they’re very good at it!”
This has been a long-standing issue where foreign actors seek to influence policy decisions via relationships and other by other means with policymakers. The CSIS Director for Canada was sounding the alarm on this type of influence in 2010 when he strongly indicated China may be one of the bad actors. Flash forward to today and I think the influence has only gotten stronger.
World Economic Forum Influence in Canada
As I’ve written about before, Chrystia Freeland the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Jagmeet Singh the leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Michelle Rempel a Conservative all have relationships with the World Economic Forum. Chrystia Freeland is listed as a “Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum” and Singh and Rempel both belong to the Young Global Leaders – a partner organization of the WEF.
One look through the WEF partners list and you’ll see how truly connected this group is and it only brings more questions of foreign interference into play. Now, a institution that parades itself as a think tank can have foreign entities attach to them as experts and partners to get their ideas out. Perhaps unsuspecting politicians then go to these type of groups where they are courted and influenced and perhaps unknowingly have their positions shifted to ones that don’t benefit Canadians.
It should be no surprise then to see policy decisions from our government that get limited pushback from opposition parties that limit free speech like bill C-10 and bill C-36 when the World Economic Forum is advocating for the same types of online censorships through their paper titled “Advancing Digital Safety: A Framework to Align Global Action.”
It should be no surprise again to find that the WEF report says that “Consideration should be given to forming an office or body specific to online safety, such as Australia’s Office of the e-Safety Commissioner.” Another sticking point of the document is that a “global alignment on definitions of harm” should be arrived at.
Now let us contrast this with bill C-36 which is currently making its way through the House of Commons. Bill C-36 seeks to make it possible for someone to report you to a provincial court if they fear you may commit an offence – talk about Minority Report.
I’ll take it a step further and ask where is the official opposition to lockdowns in this country? Why are the Conservatives and NDP not demanding we open before we completely rupture our economy? That would be in the best interests of Canadians no?
I Admire them!
Then just for a quick reminder lets add in “I admire their basic dictatorship” from our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when referring to the Chinese Communist Party. He admires them and you don’t think the CCP at least thought to come knocking and see if they could develop that relationship like CSIS Director Richard Fadden told us is often the case? We have a lot of foreign influence happening in our country. Wake up Canada – it’s right in your face.
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