Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questioning from Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre and other MPs about alleged interference from Beijing in the House of Commons. Poilievre raised several allegations stemming from national security leaks reported in the media, including how much his party and other parts of his party got from the communist dictatorship, and Trudeau responded to every question. Trudeau created the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians to ensure Canadians continue to have confidence in the country’s experts and officials in matters of national security. Global News reported that foreign states clandestinely direct contributions to Canadian politicians, and the PRC Consulate in Toronto transferred a large clandestine transfer of funds earmarked for the federal election to an elected provincial government official via a staff member of a 2019 federal candidate. The prime minister has rejected calls for a public inquiry into foreign interference and has instead announced that he will appoint a special rapporteur on the matter. Opposition parties are trying to have Trudeau’s Chief of Staff Katie Telford testify in the Procedure and House Affairs committee, but the Liberals have argued on the principle of ministerial responsibility.
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