EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story quoted McKay as saying “bastard states.” This was incorrect and based on an audio quality issue of the recording of his comments. A closer review of the audio indicates he said “vassal states.” The story has been updated to reflect this misinterpretation.
Scarborough—Guildwood MP John McKay made the comments to journalists in Ottawa on Wednesday following the publication of the Global News story indicating two high-level national security reports before and after the 2019 election suggest senior government officials were warned that Chinese government officials were funnelling money to Canadian political candidates.
“The government of China is an existential threat to Canada on a multiplicity of levels,” McKay said.
“We need as a nation to come to grips with the desire of the government of China to turn us all into vassal states.”
The two intelligence reports, from 2019 and 2022, that Global News reported Wednesday raise new questions about what senior federal officials knew about the alleged funding by a foreign interference network and how seriously Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government took the warnings.
One is a “Special Report” prepared by the Privy Council Office for the Trudeau government and was date-stamped January 2022. The memo was also finalized, suggesting it was intended to be read by Trudeau and his senior aides.
Reviewed by Global News, it asserted that Chinese officials in Toronto had disbursed money into a covert network tasked to interfere in Canada’s 2019 election.
Global News also learned of an earlier, high-level warning about clandestine funding of China’s “preferred candidates” that came from a bipartisan panel of parliamentarians two months before the 2019 election.