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Lisa Raitt asks CSIS to investigate John McCallum’s China comments

Conservative Celebration Deputy Chief Lisa Raitt is asking on the Canadian Safety Intelligence Service to analyze Ottawa’s former ambassador to China John McCallum’s feedback, for “constituting threats to the security of Canada.” 

In a letter despatched to CSIS Director David Vigneault on Friday, Raitt cites McCallum’s public affirmation that he has offered recommendation to the Chinese language authorities on Canada’s upcoming federal election.

“We believe Mr. McCallum’s actions, as confirmed by his own public statements, deserve the utmost scrutiny of your agency,” the letter reads.

McCallum disclosed to the South Morning China Publish that he warned his contacts in China’s overseas ministry that additional “punishments” in opposition to Canadian exportswould assist the Conservatives win the autumn election.

“Anything that is more negative against Canada will help the Conservatives, [who] are much less friendly to China than the Liberals,” McCallum informed the newspaper in an interview on Monday.

Raitt goes on to say the recommendation was partisan in nature and that McCallum inspired China to take actions as a way to affect Canada’s democratic course of.

“Canadians expect that the upcoming election will be conducted in a free and fair manner, and that any and all incidents of foreign interference will be fully investigated.”

Raitt calls McCallum’s actions inappropriate in opposition to the backdrop of ongoing tensions between Canada and China centred on the detention of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Raitt’s request comes a day after Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland slammed McCallum’s feedback to the Chinese language newspaper as “highly inappropriate” and made some extent to say that her former cupboard colleague doesn’t converse for the federal government of Canada.

McCallum was fired in January after publicly weighing in on the arrest of Huawei govt Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant.

Canada and China have been locked in a diplomatic dispute since her arrest in December which has led Chinese language officers to droop key agricultural imports of Canadian canola, pork and beef. 

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