Letter to Leader of the Official Opposition, Hon. Erin O'Toole, MP

18 May 2021

The Honourable Erin O'Toole, P.C., M.P.

Leader of the Official Opposition

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. O'Toole,

Please allow me to first thank you for your leadership in these difficult times, your work to raise awareness of the growing influence of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) agents in Canada, and your support for a Huawei ban from 5G infrastructure, as well as your vocal support for new laws similar to the Australian foreign interference law devised to mitigate the CCP threat.

I am a former journalist, researcher, translator and human rights activist with thirteen years' experience working in China and Hong Kong. In recent years I have watched with concern as Canadian media reported on CCP influence operations throughout Canada, at times offering translation assistance to some of these media outlets as they tackled complex and sensitive stories requiring significant amounts of translation. With that in mind, I respectfully urge you to examine Global News investigative reporter Sam Cooper's new book, Wilful Blindness, released today, which links the above type of CCP influence activities with organised crime networks throughout Canada.

In addition, I hope 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 CCP and, most recently, British Columbia-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.

These examples are part of my work over the past three years to document CCP influence and interference efforts and networks as they exist in Canada, with the explicit aim to strengthen the argument that new laws against foreign interference are needed—a body of work I am more than happy to share.

That said, as your colleague MP Chong's own call for new laws against foreign interference has gone unheeded by the current government, in consideration of the real costs of the organised crime-CCP nexus mentioned above, there are now grounds and plaintiffs to compel Public Safety Canada to fulfill its mandate, by way of such new laws, to ensure newcomers from the People's Republic of China, like all Canadians, enjoy the full set of rights and freedoms afforded to them by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Your thoughts on this matter are warmly invited. I hope to be of some assistance in bringing forward new laws against foreign interference as described herein, or any public interest effort to that end.

Please note a similar version of this letter was sent to your colleagues Mr. Chong and Mr. Genuis.

Thank you for your time and service to Canada.


John Kennedy

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