Canada Parliament Rocked With Treason Allegations

( A report from Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) found that Canadian lawmakers may have aided efforts by foreign actors to interfere with the country’s internal politics. The report sparked accusations of treason in the Canadian Parliament, although details of the report were redacted.

The report focused on foreign interference in Canada’s democratic processes and institutions. The report, initially submitted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March 2024, is based on approximately 1,000 pieces of evidence and more than 4,000 documents. Trudeau’s government launched an inquiry into foreign interference in September 2023.

Canadian Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre has urged Trudeau to release details of the report, including the names of politicians who may have collaborated with hostile foreign governments. Canadians have a right to know such information, Poilievre said.

Some lawmakers may have—wittingly or semi-wittingly—worked with foreign actors to influence elections, received money from foreign actors or proxies, and shared sensitive information with foreign officials, the report found. The report lists China and India as countries allegedly colluding with lawmakers to influence internal politics.

The report could result in further investigations and potential criminal charges linked to the accusations. However, it is up to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to decide what happens next, NSICOP char David McGuinty said. The committee is unable to reveal the identities of lawmakers referenced in the report, McGuinty said.

The RCMP has declined to confirm whether it is actively investigating any lawmakers, but confirmed that investigators are looking into foreign interference efforts more generally. The investigations include matters linked to democratic institutions, the RCMP said.

The accusations “absolutely” constitute treason, according to national security expert Wesley Wark. However, Canadian laws can make it difficult to turn intelligence into legal evidence, former Canadian Security Intelligence Service official Michelle Tessier said.

Regardless, the allegations outlined in the report appear unlikely to leave the spotlight until lawmakers see accountability for the potentially treasonous behavior.

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