CHINA IN CANADA WARNS SPY CHIEF
revealed details about foreign government espionage
on Canadian soil involving Canadian politicians.
Richard Fadden said that Cabinet Ministers in two provinces
are under control of foreign governments --
which in espionage circles are called
"agents of influence" or "secret supporters".
So are several members of British Columbia municipal governments.
At least 5 foreign countries are surrepticioulsy recruiting future political prospects --
China the most aggressively.
CHINA IN CANADA WARNS SPY CHIEF
"I'm making this comment because
I think it's a real danger that people be totally oblivious to this kind of issue....
I think there are a number of countries around the world that have
...quite aggressive intelligence relationships against us.
A goodly number of countries use every tool at their disposal
from diplomacy to spying.
My message would be that we need to be aware of this possibility."
~ Richard Fadden, Director of CSIS
watch CSIS Director Richard Fadden Interview YouTube
CBC-TV, June 22, 2010
The comments by Richard Fadden, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, in a television interview have been widely interpreted as a thinly-veiled attack on Beijing on the eve of a visit to Canada by the Chinese president Hu Jintao for the G20 summit. Mr Fadden told CBC that municipal officials and at least two cabinet ministers from two Canadian provinces were "agents of influence" who were secretly working on behalf of foreign interests. "We're in fact a bit worried in a couple of provinces that we have an indication that there's some political figures who have developed quite an attachment to foreign countries," he said. "The individual becomes in a position to make decisions that affect the country or the province or a municipality. All of a sudden, decisions aren't taken on the basis of the public good but on the basis of another country's preoccupations."
For many Canadians, Mr Fadden did not have to name names for them to work out which to which foreign country he was referring. As elsewhere, China has been linked with economic espionage in Canada, most recently over reports thatits technicians had tried to steal secrets from the aerospace company Bombadier. Tung Chan, a former Vancouver city councillor and head of an immigrant services organisation, said Mr Fadden's remarks "cast shadows and cast doubts on the loyalty of a whole group of people, particularly those committed to serve the public". He added: "It's not helpful to what we're trying to do in creating multicultural harmony." He was echoed by several members of the Chinese-Canadian community, as well as provincial premiers and city mayors..... See REMEMBER WHO HU IS
Chinese gov't propaganda in Canada schools
Canuck gov't OKs deal with commie Chinks
(secretly signed in Russia behind closed doors)
CanNews, Sep/Oct 2014
CanadianManufacturing, Sep 15, 2014
International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced late September 12 that the pact, known as FIPA, had been signed by Canada two years after its terms were first negotiated by the two countries... China is Canada's No 2 trading partner, and prime minister Harper is scheduled to visit Beijing in November for the annual APEC summit. The deal, however, has been met with suspicion and alarm not just by the government's usual critics, but by senior Conservative cabinet ministers too. Employment Minister Jason Kenney, for example, expressed misgivings about forging closer ties with China as recently as this spring. The government had failed to ratify FIPA amid a series of recent tensions in Canada-China relations. Earlier this summer, Prime Minister Harper accused the Chinese of a cyberattack on the National Research Council, while the Chinese claimed a Canadian couple living in China were spies. Late last month, a Chinese delegation led by assistant foreign minister Zheng Zeguang visited Ottawa to discuss the relationship with high-level Foreign Affairs personnel and Ray Novak, Harper's chief of staff. The failure to ratify FIPA was creating additional tensions between the two nations. Wenran Jiang, a China expert from the University of Alberta and director of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, said the ratification will help thaw the icy relationship. "This is a major step by the Canadian government -- and to be more specific, by Prime Minister Harper himself and the cabinet -- to mend the fence prior to prime minister's November China trip", he said. Jiang added it will also help the prime minister plan a successful bilateral visit with his Chinese hosts during APEC, the prospects of which were dim until ratification. "The Canadian effort of approving FIPA at this exact moment is not accidental", he said. Canada has similar investment agreements with several other nations, including Russia, but has separate rules for investing for each country.... Opponents decry the agreements as part of a broader global corporate agenda that allows foreign companies to use binding arbitration to override Canadian laws in a range of areas -- including the environment and energy -- on the basis that they nullify the protections guaranteed in the deals....
by Jenny Uechi, VanObserver, Sep 12, 2014
It's official: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has approved the controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) today. In a short, two-paragraph news release, International Trade Minister Ed Fast said the deal was now ratified. It will come into force on October 1, 2014, and will be effective for 31 years, until 2045. The original investment protection deal -- which treaty law expert Gus Van Harten said could be in violation of the Canadian Constitution -- was quietly signed in 2012 in Vladisvostok, Russia, but was delayed for two years due to public outcry. Chinese companies can sue Canada: As FIPA comes into force, it would have a major impact on projects such as Enbridge Northern Gateway and potentially some LNG proposals. The deal would allow Chinese investors to sue British Columbia if it changed course on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. "It is true that Chinese investors can sue Canada for any actions by the federal government or the B.C. government (or legislature or courts) relating to Chinese assets connected to the [Enbridge] Northern Gateway pipeline," Van Harten said. "More troubling, there is no requirement in the treaty for the federal government to make public the fact of a Chinese investor's lawsuit against Canada until an award has been issued by a tribunal. This means that the federal government could settle the lawsuit, including by varying its conduct in a way that many Canadians would oppose, or by paying out public money before an award is issued, and we would never know."... Op-eds in publications such as The National Post said the China-Canada deal was too one-sided and gave too much power to China. Unlike NAFTA, the FIPA is not a trade deal and would not reduce tariffs for Canadian exports to the Chinese market.... Canada's third-largest oil company, Nexen, was bought by Chinese state-owned CNOOC in October 2012.... Although the Prime Minister has been silent on the deal, Trade Minister Ed Fast said in the news release that FIPA would benefit Canadians...
Not really a good buy for Harper. The Harper government has just learned that the future headquarters of National Defense and the armed forces is plugged with electronic spy bugs placed there by Chinese spies there years ago when it was still a big Nortel industrial complex. The devices are hidden in the walls, the ceilings and even in the heating system. It could take years to find them all and the estimated cost to find every one of them is three-quarters of billion bucks! The former head of our Canadian spy agency Richard Fadden lost his CSIS job last spring after he announced publicly that Chinese computer hackers had been spying on our politicians. Now we find out he was bang on. Back in the days when the spy bugs went in, it was all about getting Nortel industrial secrets, not military secrets. Only now are we finding out. Despite contrary advice from electronic security experts -- and ironically even the new Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay -- the Harper government went ahead and bought the entire Nortel complex for a pitance to house the Defense department. The price was right. Harper only paid $209 million for the entire property. It was only afterwards that Harper [Prime Minister] learned it was full of Chinese spy bugs and that it would cost an additional $790 million to clear out the bugs and prepare the building for the military and national defense. Not such a good buy at close to a billion bucks. Goodbye bargain. There are some of his ministers -- who prefer anonymity for the moment -- who wish Harper would find another site for national defense and let the Nortel buildings house departments that donâ€™t have big military secrets to protect. Not a bad idea at all. Wait and see what Harper does. Spending us into another hole helps explain why Harper will be going deeper into debt in his next budget. Wait till next March to find out the numbers.
Richard Fadden, the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, is set to become deputy minister of Defence in a shuffle of the senior ranks of the public service announced Monday. The Prime Minister's Office says Fadden's transfer takes effect May 13/13. Michel Coulombe, currently deputy director of operations at the spy agency, will become interim director when Fadden leaves. Fadden has been head of CSIS since June 2009. He was the subject of some controversy in June 2010, when he said in an interview that foreign countries [China] were both conducting industrial espionage against Canada, and trying to influence Canadian politicians. Robert Fonberg, currently deputy minister at Defence, has been named a special adviser to the clerk of the Privy Council.
watch CSIS Fadden says China influence Canada gov't
CanNews/YouTube, Jan 1, 2013
by Colin Freeze, GlobeMail, Dec 7, 2012
The targets of the overarching warrants are anybodyâ€™s guess. CSIS director Richard Fadden has very publicly sounded the alarm about foreign agents of influence, particularly ones from China, growing too cozy with Canadian politicians. Mr. Atkey said CSISâ€™s laws could be broad enough to allow for the spy service to target anyone from Chinese or Russian diplomats to Palestinians running goods to Gaza â€“ or even to American officials who might be trying to unduly influence energy policies. Thatâ€™s because the low legal thresholds in Section 16 of the CSIS Act allow the spy service broad latitude to keep an eye on what foreigners are doing in Canada, provided cabinet ministers sign off on the spying activities. But there are limits. When the CSIS Act was debated in the early 1980s, critics feared these provisions led to a â€œhidden agendaâ€ that would allow innocent third-party Canadians â€“ for example, professors and journalists who dealt with Russia, which was then still a Cold War enemy â€“ to be swept up in government eavesdropping dragnets. To address such fears, the law was crafted to protect Canadian citizens even if they might be associated with a group of foreign agents.... Canada has no criminal laws against undue foreign influence, even though other countries do. The United States, for example, routinely prosecutes individuals under its Foreign Agents Registration Act â€“ a law that makes it illegal for foreigners to slyly shape U.S. policies at the behest of foreign entities.
Ottawa Citizen, Dec 4, 2012
Clearly, Richard Fadden is owed an apology. Fadden, you remember, is director of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service. In 2010 he got himself in trouble after saying that CSIS suspected some Canadian public officials of working on behalf of foreign governments. Of course, Fadden didnâ€™t need to name names or identify the countries involved. Everyone knew he was talking about communist China. Canadians acting on behalf of China were, in the words of one or the more intelligent commentators, â€œinfiltrating Canadian politics and exerting influence over Canadian politicians.â€ Indeed, at least two of those suspected â€œagents of influenceâ€ held cabinet posts in provincial government, according to Fadden, and the problem is particularly conspicuous in British Columbia, the hot zone of Asian immigration in Canada. Oh the hue and cry that ensued. Editorialists were aghast, fearing that Faddenâ€™s views would be used to undermine multicultural and immigration policies. (Well, like, duh. If multikultism is making it easier for others to spy on this country, then it only makes sense of reconsider those attitudes.)
Politicians likewise took great umbrage at the notion that any of them would act in a treasonous manner. But then, as one editorialist remarked, â€œthe MPs were playing to the multicultural crowd.â€ Academics were also puzzled why Fadden would say what he said because there was no benefit to him for saying it. (I guess the idea of patriotism is beyond academic comprehension.) And, no surprise, those of the ethnic persuasion more or less brandished that shuts-down-all-discussion epithet of â€œracismâ€ to scare everyone into silence. Never mind that Fadden was once the deputy minister of citizenship and immigration, and, no doubt, had some knowledge of how Canadaâ€™s immigration system is abused. All of this hostility might have been warranted if subsequent events didnâ€™t provide considerable evidence to back Faddenâ€™s claim. Scant days after he spoke out American authorities arrested Russian agents â€” some posing as Canadians â€“ who were involved â€œin a plot to penetrate the innermost circles of American power.â€ A year later, in 2011, we had the so-called Dechert affair. Again, you surely remember the kerfuffle when Conservative MP Bob Dechert publicly apologized for his more-than-friendly relationship with Shi Rong, a Toronto correspondent for Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency. Everybody knows (except, it seems, Dechert) that Xinhua serves as an intelligence gathering arm for the Chinese government....
Beijing's representative in Ottawa says Chinese firms are not involved in foreign espionage and he challenges anyone who says otherwise to produce evidence or keep quiet, in a rare interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House. Zhang Junsai, China's ambassador to Canada, tells host Evan Solomon, "I can assure you that our companies working in other countries are strictly doing business according to the local laws. If you really have the evidence, come [out] with it. If not... shut up", Zhang says in no uncertain terms. The Chinese ambassador's comments come on the heels of a scathing report released by a U.S. intelligence committee last month, warning of the security risks associated with doing business with two of China's leading telecommunications firms, Huawei and ZTE. The ambassador said "even the United States could not give out evidence." However, as CBC's Greg Weston reported days after the report was made public, that same U.S. intelligence committee has turned over to the FBI evidence of possible bribery and corruption by Huawei, one of the largest telecom companies in the world.
In an interview with CBC News after the U.S. report was released, the chairman of the committee, House Representative Mike Rogers, warned that Canada's national security was equally at risk. Zhang said the "so-called security concerns" are "so far, groundless". China's ambassador blamed the allegations of espionage against Chinese firms on "a Cold War mentality". But a controversial bid by a Chinese state-owned company has raised concerns about growing Chinese investment in Canada's natural resources. And while the federal government is reviewing a $15-billion proposed takeover by China National Offshore Oil Corp of Calgary's Nexen Inc under the Investment Canada Act, the Chinese ambassador told Solomon there's nothing to fear. "We're here not to grab your resources. We're here to participate", Zhang said, pointing to the fact that no oil or gas has been shipped from Canada to China yet. The Chinese ambassador said Canada was "one of the best destination" for Chinese companies to invest partly because of our "transparent policies". Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has come out swinging against the deal, saying his New Democrats do not believe it's in Canada's best interest. Members of the Conservative caucus are also said to be grappling with the bid, as are a majority of Canadians, who recent surveys suggest are uncomfortable with a major domestic oil company being sold to a Chinese government enterprise.
The federal government, however, is apparently facing pressure from industry to approve the bid in exchange for further reciprocity from China. The review period has been extended to December 10, 2012. The Conservatives have also come under heavy scrutiny from opposition parties and critics who have sounded the alarm over an investment treaty Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently signed with China, saying Canada will come out on the losing end of the deal. Zhang brushed off the concerns, saying that China has signed similar investment treaties with more than a hundred countries and describing it as an "international standard agreement". The treaty, formally known as a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, could have been ratified via a cabinet decree as early as 21 sitting days after it was tabled in Parliament on September 26, 2012. But so far there's no indication on the federal government's website of orders-in-council that it has come into law. Zhang said building "mutual trust" between the two countries is a priority, adding that the economic and trading relations between the two countries are "very important". This week, Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping succeeded outgoing President Hu Jintao as the country's new leader, assuming the top posts in the Communist Party. Zhang said political reform is "high" on the government and party's agenda.
Canadaâ€™s top spy is sounding the alarm over security threats facing Canada, including...state-owned corporations who snoop on Canadian business interests and cyber-attackers who attempt to hack the federal governmentâ€™s computer network daily. Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service used the agencyâ€™s annual report to issue a pointed warning about the potential risks posed by foreign state-owned companies. His message comes as the federal government is reviewing a proposal by CNOOC Ltd., a state-owned Chinese firm, to take over Calgary-based Nexen Inc., an oil-and-gas company. â€œCertain state-owned enterprises and private firms with close ties to their home governmentshave pursued opaque agendas or received clandestine intelligence support for their pursuits here,â€ Fadden says in the report which was released Thursday. â€œWhen foreign companies with ties to foreign intelligence agencies or hostile governments seek to acquire control over strategic sectors of the Canadian economy, it can represent a threat to Canadian security interests.â€...
...After taking a look at the likely outcomes of Harper's vision for trade with China - especially his goal of making it easier for China to gobble up an increasing share of bitumen from Alberta's oilsands - it's fair to ask, whose national interest is our prime minister really advancing: Canada's or China's?...State-owned oil companies such as Sinopec, the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) and Petro China are not "free-market players" - they are owned by the Communist Party of China and are responsible for implementing Chinese national interests....