Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that an independent investigation will be conducted to probe the allegations of Chinese interference in the country’s elections. The investigation will focus on the confidential reports related to the general elections of 2019 and 2021, with the appointed investigators expected to provide suggestions for future elections.
The move comes amid demands from Canada’s opposition parties for a public inquiry into the matter. However, China has denied any interference in the elections and termed the claims as baseless and insulting.
Addressing reporters on Monday, Trudeau expressed shock at the reports challenging Canada’s “sovereignty,” saying that such acts amounted to an attack on Canadian values. He emphasized that Canada has been aware of efforts by China, Russia, and Iran to interfere in its elections for a long time, and that this is not a new problem.
Trudeau went on to say that he will appoint an independent investigator to look into the matter, who will have the support of the majority of Canadians and provide suggestions to deal with interference and strengthen democracy. Although an investigator has not yet been appointed, the selection process is expected to begin in the coming days.
The investigation into the alleged Chinese interference in Canadian elections has become a contentious issue in the country’s political landscape, with Trudeau’s decision to order an independent investigation being seen as a significant step towards addressing the issue. The move has also been praised by many Canadians who view it as a crucial step towards protecting the country’s democratic institutions.