Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trudeau’s Liberals were told donor was China graft suspect, but kept taking his money and help

Trudeau’s Liberals were told donor was China graft suspect, but kept taking his money and help

Leaked email shows that Canadian PM’s party was warned in 2013 that rich benefactor Michael Ching was wanted by China, long before the news became public
Thursday, 29 December, 2016
The Liberal Party of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was tipped off in 2013 that a wealthy party benefactor was wanted by China for corruption, long before the news became public, in an email that has been leaked to the South China Morning Post by a former party executive.
The former executive said they were assured at the time that the anonymous email and its startling claims about Vancouver developer Michael Ching Mo Yeung had been “dealt with”. But the party kept quiet and continued to accept donations and support from Ching and a pro-Trudeau political organisation, Tru-Youths United Association, set up in his office.
It would accept thousands of dollars from Ching in 2014 and 2015, while Tru-Youths helped staged massive Liberal fundraisers, including a 1,300-seat event in Toronto in June 2014.

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It was not until April 2015 that the SCMP broke the news that Ching was in fact Cheng Muyang, the wanted son of corrupt Chinese communist party official Cheng Weigao.
Michael Ching is Muyang Cheng’s current name he uses in Canada … Canadian government is now trying to expel him from Canada
ANONYMOUS EMAIL TO LIBERAL PARTY
Yet on December 15, 2013, the executive was among a group of Liberals who received a 1,500-word email from an anonymous tipster, identifying themselves only as “Snow White”. Ching’s teenage daughter, Linda, had just been elected president of the Young Liberals in BC, to the apparent concern of the emailer.
“Michael Ching is Muyang Cheng’s current name he uses in Canada … Canadian government is now trying to expel him from Canada,” the email tipster said noting that “he is still wanted by the Chinese government”.

The email, in slightly stilted English and Chinese, included a photo of Cheng Muyang as a young man, and pointed out how a mole on his eyebrow matched the same feature on Michael Ching, whose ongoing court battle for refugee status was already well under way.
The former Liberal executive provided the email on condition of anonymity. “When we received this, this raised a lot of red flags. It became instantaneously clear,” the source said. “I was very concerned…despite the [stilted] wording, this seemed like someone was really trying to warn us.”
The ex-executive said their own email address had been listed on the party’s website in 2013, alongside many others. They said that although they did not know exactly who else who received the email, since they were BCCed (blind carbon copied), multiple Liberal figures became aware of it.