Follow-up letter to Special Committee on Canada-China Relations member MP John Williamson

17 May 2021

Dear Mr. Williamson, MP,

Forgive this follow-up to my May 3, 2021, e-mail before you've had a chance to reply.

My hope is to draw your attention to the real cost of Canada's failure to introduce laws against foreign interference—reporters for Chinese-language media have lost jobs for political reasons, churchgoers in Vancouver harassed by proxies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and, most recently, BC-based critic of the CCP Louis Huang was viciously beaten in the street by two men who were effectively working on behalf of China's Ministry of State Security—the MSS effectively holds debt owed those two men and many other Canadians.

While Australia introduced laws against foreign interference based on less damage to their country at the hands of the CCP, Canada arguably has paid a steeper price than our peers and still we fail to introduce appropriate legislation. The book Claws of the Panda by Jonathan Manthorpe provides the history to Canada's pro-PRC policies, and Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World by Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg provides a more current look at the CCP challenge.

Tomorrow, a book by Global News investigative reporter Sam Cooper, Wilful Blindness, will detail how organised crime and CCP political interference networks throughout Canada now overlap, and ultimately serve the foreign policy interests of the CCP.

With a background in human rights activism in China, policy-making here in Canada, and three years of extensive research into CCP networks of influence and interference in Canada, I hope I might find interest in your office to begin the process of introducing legislation against foreign interference in Canada.

Please let me know if I may be of assistance in this regard.

Warm thanks,

John Kennedy

New Brunswick

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