Canadian Politicians Accused of Being Under

Control of Foreign Governments

or

CSIS Confession Tip of a Titanic-Sized Iceberg 

and

The Beginning of the End for Those Who Thought

They Were Invincible, Insulated and Immune

 

© 2010 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor      

 

Everyone knows the story about how the Titanic was built to be unsinkable.  And look what happened.  There’s an analogy in that with respect to the Ottawa-Toronto-Montreal-(Beijing) triangle of power and wealth.  As a result of two centuries of evermore institutionalized nepotism and patronage and the Liberals governing Canada longer than any elite in the modern world, the super rich and extra powerful thought they’d constructed the perfect system – one impervious to all challenges to their domestic hegemony.  And now look what’s happening.

  

Recall the Liberal sponsorship scandal: a hundred or so million dollars that led to the end of a thirteen year run in government.  Tip of an uber-massive iceberg when compared and contrasted with what was exported out of Canada over a quarter century, $6 trillion, and estimates how much of that was embezzled for the benefit of Canada’s old money families and totalitarians and triads.*

 

* Who Benefits What from Regime Change in Canada 

 

 

Recall the spring 2007 RCMP pension scandal: corruption of the most stomach-churning, credibility-evaporating kind at the pinnacle of federal law enforcement’s chain of command.  The RCC analysis provides a new evidentiary context and up-dating perspective to understand why it happened and why it got so ugly, and within an agency of the administration of justice that should have been completely resistant to such systemic malfeasance.  

 

Allegations of misconduct pile up against RCMP

A growing culture of mistrust miring the force

by Jeff Sallot

Globe & Mail

April 16, 2007

 

Not since the RCMP security service scandals of the 1970s has Canada's national police force faced such a crisis of confidence, both internally and with the public. 

 

Mountie whistle-blowers are testifying on Parliament Hill about mismanagement of their pension fund and what they believe to be corruption, cronyism and cover-up by the force's most senior officers, and a deputy commissioner has been suspended after allegations of perjury before a House of Commons committee.

 

[…]

 

"You look at what the RCMP itself says are its core values -- integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect, accountability -- and you hold them up to what you see is going on every day and there is a big difference [said retired corporal Calvin Lawrence]."

 

 

Nothing simple, little clear about RCMP pension scandal

by Jim Brown

Canadian Press

April 16, 2007

 

It began with suspicions about mismanagement of funds, nepotism in hiring, questionable expense account entries, and contracts handed to consultants who did little work to earn their money. But the RCMP pension scandal now centres on even bigger questions – whether senior officers turned a blind eye to wrongdoing, thwarted efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice and retaliated against lower-ranking whisteblowers.

 

 

RCMP whistleblower chased paper trail to slush fund

by Kathryn May

National Post

April 14, 2007

 

The crisis rocking Canada's national police force began when Denise Revine, assigned to a routine budget review, stubbornly chased a curious trail of contracts and invoices that led to the secret of an account coded N2020.  Revine, a human resources director who worked 36 years for the RCMP, discovered managers who appeared to be using the force's pension plan as a slush fund for millions of dollars in operating expenses that had nothing to do with pensions.

 

Laptops, computers, language classes, an online system for vacation leave, golf green fees, fudged hotel bills, gifts, travel and contracts, dozens of them - at inflated prices - given to friends and families. 

 

 

Now look closely at the RCC evidence of what was done in the name of protecting an ‘establishment’ that robbed thirty plus million Canadians of a quarter century of prosperity.  Who was involved in this multi-institutionalized malfeasance of historic proportions?   Not just the RCMP, but also political leaders on the federal and provincial levels (and their cabinets), provincial and local police forces, the intelligence community, the military and the administration of justice – lawyers in the largest law firms, chief and associate chief judges and many of the organizations in the judiciary and legal profession.  With trillions having being misappropriated over two and a half decades, it puts the RCMP scandal in a new light – making it like the sponsorship scandal look ultra-nominal and petty by comparison.  These are molecules in the drop of the bucket of astonishing criminality compared to what’s really been going on. 

 

 

Canada’s been a cookie jar filled to the brim and now the kids have been caught – or more precisely the pubescent sociopaths have been discovered – with their hands in it. 

 

 

Now comes what is arguably a remarkable admission by the country’s top intelligence chief.  It is extraordinary because it emanates from what has hitherto been an impenetrable fortress of secrecy about the role of China in Canadian political and economic affairs.  Did the RCC edification of over two hundred and seventy organizations, associations and groups have anything to do with it?  In a word: everything. 

 

 

In addition to what is inferred to be back-channel influence by major and shocked invitees, on May 20, 2010, CSIS Assistant Director of Strategic Policy Andy Ellis was contacted and the standard introduction delivered.  An e-mail was immediately sent providing the coordinates to the RCC website; and it was cc-d to Nicole Currier, Director Fadden’s Chief of Staff.  A follow-up call was made to her on May 31st with an e-mail the next day that stated in part:

 

 

Thank-you for taking my call yesterday, which this e-mail seeks to document.  I directed your attention to an academic publication that your office ought to be aware of. 

 

[...]  

 

As indicated, in it 'national security' is defined in a particular way in terms of government confidentiality and state action to protect against that which threatens our society: Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies (Gary Kinsmen, Dieter K. Buse & Mercedes Steedman, Between the Lines, Toronto 2000).

 

 

Quotes from that publication are posted in June 4, 2010: Is the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service Going to Protect the Status Quo or Join the Reform Initiative?, RCC Editorial.  The same edification approach was taken with the RCMP which, as documented (1, 2), chose the opposite path.  

 

 

But for wide dissemination over the last three months and the realization amongst some of the most powerful in Canada that a national awareness about The Sidewinder Report and what the Fiefdom treatise reveals was imminent and Security of Information Act culpability would materialize, those who have some or nominal exposure chose a path that would mitigate it almost entirely if not completely. 

 

 

It appears one who is in jeopardy and decided to get out in front of what would be a firestorm of protest and possible prosecution under the Act was the June 2009 appointed CSIS Director, Richard Fadden.  He’s spent more than three decades in the federal public service with various departments, including Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Auditor General and working for the Privy Council -- the heart, the core of federal governance; and most recently Deputy Minister of Citizen & Immigration.  The public will have perceived him as complicit* in the introduction of not just totalitarians and triads, but also China’s military and intelligence personnel as argued by the RCC in December 3, 2009: China Finally Grants Canada Approved Destination Status, Canadian News Wire.  With China being a communist-police-state of the highest order since the 1970s and whose government micro-manages its citizens’ international mobility, most of who were allowed to emigrate here are in this category of invitee.

 

 

* Whether the evidence supports this reasonable inference is a legitimate matter for debate and investigation.  Arguably, he could have been unaware of Chinese joint governance and more recently as Deputy Minister a secret immigration policy back to the 1970s that introduced into the country eight hundred thousand to a million members of China’s military and intelligence communities (that fused with DND, law enforcement and the intelligence community) and then elevated to the CSIS directorship and kept in the dark by in-the-know career bureaucrats.  Or he was a trusted member of the triangle’s inner core and given upward mobility to perpetuate and protect the status quo, only caving in to pressure from RCC invitees through back-channels or seeing the writing on the wall of history and when conducting a cost-benefit analysis of his personal culpability chose media exposure.  One news report states he’s “the latest spy boss who comes from outside the intelligence service” and that might be his defence if there’s no evidence about what he did or knew when working in other departments that by their very nature procured, perpetuated and protected the secret status quo. 

 

 

What Director Fadden has now put on the public record is, like the sponsorship and RCMP pension scandals, only the tip of an exceptionally large iceberg.  But its value lies in triggering the beginning of a national awareness about what’s in the RCC arsenal of evidence that will lead to regime change, i.e., the forced departure of the old guard through a grass-roots movement of historic proportions.  These disclosures are sufficient to open the door of inquiry very wide, exposing all the skeletons in the closet back to the 1970s.  And for that despite any malfeasance he may have been involved in is to his credit.    

 

 

Worthy of mention as a footnote to this breaking news story is what occurred in 1999.  Knowledgeable and trepidatious about this country having become ‘Chinada’ (pronounced Cheye-na-da), the Pentagon cut military procurement ties with Canada’s defence industries to prevent high technology secrets falling into the hands of the Chinese military industrial complex. 

 

    

    US Imposes Improvements to Canadian Export Controls

    by Ken Epps

    Ploughshares Monitor

Spring, 2002  

 

In April 2001 […] [t]he International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) changes effectively cancelled the special status enjoyed by Canadian companies and placed them in the same category as all other non-US suppliers.   

 

The changes to the military trade regulations arose from US concerns that US-built technology was being exported for military use by countries identified by the US as "rogue states" or "countries of concern." The action closely followed the Cox Report on Chinese Espionage, a special Congressional report produced in the wake of accusations of sensitive technology transfers from the US to China.

 

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The April 1999 removal of the Canadian exemptions to the ITAR was perceived as a major blow to a Canadian military industry integrated with US industry and dependent on US procurement. 

 

"I know of no company that hasn’t been impacted," one industry spokesperson was quoted as saying; "I think everyone has an experience where they’ve missed an opportunity to bid"(Globe and Mail 1999, p. A2).

 

As government negotiations drew on, Canadian industry became more vociferous about losing money and bids. "The deadlock is costing the defence and aerospace companies in Canada millions," another industry spokesperson stated in February 2000 (Globe and Mail 2000, p. B15).

 

 

With the RCC building a coalition of second tier news agencies, which seeks to patchwork their local and regional markets into a national audience, there may now be a sea change in mainstream media’s coverage of what the reform-procuring organization is going to achieve.  The Toronto Star, Globe & Mail and government-operated CBC are all hegemony protectors; suppressing everything and anything that adversely impacted the cleverly manufactured façade of democratic respectability that began with “The Just Society”.  

 

 

There never was any doubt in the RCC founder’s mind that the status quo would succumb to reform.  The systemic corruption, criminality and moral impropriety got so perverse and so pervasive  it was only a matter of time.  And it was also a matter of the right approach – one attended to with patience and tenacity – that the relics of a medieval age would come to an irreversible end.  Canada’s paradigm of governance, just like the Soviet Union’s where government leaders and officials oppressed, brutalized and murdered citizens with impunity, monopolized wealth and threatened the world, was destined to collapse. 

 

 

Everyone invited to join the RCC has a front row seat to history and ought to take great pleasure in observing in real time the enthusiastically and intransigently wicked pay for their abhorrent crimes. 

 

 

 

 

Government infiltrated by spies, CSIS boss says

by Sarah Boesveld

Globe & Mail

June 22, 2010

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At least two provincial cabinet ministers and a number other government officials and employees are under the control of foreign countries as part of espionage schemes, Canada’s top security official said Tuesday.

 

In an exclusive interview on CBC’s The National, CSIS director Richard Fadden said foreign powers are infiltrating Canadian political circles and influencing public servants, fuelling a growing concern about economic espionage in Canada. 

 

Economic espionage, the trading, sharing or theft of federal secrets, can be considered a crime. He would not name the provinces the cabinet ministers are from.

 

“We’re in fact a bit worried in a couple of provinces that we have an indication there are some political figures who have developed quite an attachment to foreign countries,” he told host Peter Mansbridge.

 

CBC reporter Brian Stewart said in a report that accompanied the interview that the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service deems the two cabinet ministers to be “agents of influence” or “secret supporters.”

 

Mr. Stewart added that a number of municipal politicians in British Columbia are also being influenced by agents and officials from other countries.

 

Mr. Fadden made it clear in the interview that CSIS is closely watching these politicians.

 

The report said that Mr. Fadden has alleged that about five countries are casting their hands into Canada’s political sphere, including China and countries in the Middle East. Mr. Fadden said in the interview that these and other nations may target idealistic and ambitious university students and try to influence them early on in their careers.

 

They would endeavour to keep in touch, he said, and “before you know it, a country is providing them with money, there’s some sort of covert guidance.”

 

The report said it is unclear how much the government knows about these foreign influences.

 

Vancouver city councillor Raymond Louie, a second-generation Canadian who is one of several municipal politicians who have visited China in recent years, said: “It makes for a good spy movie but I would say it's a bit crazy unless they're talking about somebody's relative off in some other country or some linkage that way. At the municipal level, I'm not sure of anybody here at city hall that's under the influence of someone offshore.”

 

Experts said the timing of Mr. Fadden’s allegations, on the eve of the G8 and G20 summits, was intriguing and seemed to reveal anxiety on the part of the intelligence agency as world leaders and protesters descend on the Toronto area.

 

“Very important principles of the rule of law and governance have been compromised,” said intelligence expert Martin Rudner.

 

“So in that sense, I think CSIS may feel that it wants to let the public know and indeed let those individuals and governments know that they’re being scrutinized.”  

 

Canadian politicians accused of being under control of foreign governments

by Dirk Meissner

Toronto Star

June 23, 2010

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National security experts are questioning the timing of a stunning allegation by the head of Canada’s spy agency that several Canadian politicians, including two provincial cabinet ministers, are under the control of foreign governments. 

 

Richard Fadden, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told CBC News Tuesday night that CSIS and the Privy Council Office are discussing the best way to inform those provinces.

 

Wesley Wark, a national security expert at the University of Toronto, was puzzled by CSIS rush to inform the public before contacting the jurisdictions involved.

 

“This puts CSIS dangerously out front in what could become a serious and damaging political issue,” Wark told The Canadian Press in an email early Wednesday.

 

“It’s not the business of CSIS to finger politicians it believes are threats to national security.”

 

Fadden declined to name the two cabinet ministers or their provinces, but he said a number of public servants in British Columbia are also under suspicion.

 

He said those politicians have not hidden their association with the foreign governments. But there have recently been indications that they are shifting their public policies because of the involvement with that particular country.

 

A veteran B.C. political scientist called the allegations against several B.C politicians “very serious” and said Canadians should be concerned.

 

“Given the source, there’s a certain amount of legitimacy attached to the suggestion,” said University of Victoria Prof. Norman Ruff.

 

“It suggests that public policy in this province isn’t necessarily being conducted in the best interests of British Columbians,” said Ruff..

 

“There are influences on public policy in British Columbia both on the local and provincial level which aren’t solely in the interests of British Columbians.”

 

When Fadden was asked whether China was one of the foreign governments involved, he referred only to media reports on China’s economic espionage in Canada saying they were not “entirely incorrect.”

 

“I believe the country that you mentioned was mentioned in those stories”

 

Fadden’s comments came just hours before China’s president Hu Jintao was to arrive in Canada on a rare state visit in advance of the weekend’s G20 summit.

 

His first visit to Canada since 2005 follows Harper’s ice-breaker to China last December, highlighted by a public rebuke of the prime minister for not having paid proper heed to China’s growing importance.

 

There was no immediate reaction from Beijing on the serious allegations levelled by the head of the secret service.

 

Meanwhile, officials in British Columbia were caught off guard by the allegations that some among them could have a foreign government’s interests at heart.

 

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s office said the premier would not be available for comment.

 

Municipal officials in Victoria and Vancouver appeared surprised at Fadden’s statement and declined to comment.  

 

CSIS reveal timing questioned

CBC News

June 23, 2010 

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National security experts are questioning the timing of a stunning CSIS revelation that a number of Canadian politicians are under foreign influence. 

 

In an exclusive interview with the CBC earlier this week, CSIS director Richard Fadden revealed that Canada's spy agency is aware of municipal and provincial politicians in Canada who are being swayed by their connection to foreign governments.

 

Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, talked about foreign influence on Canadian politicians in a recent interview.

 

Fadden said the agency is in the process of discussing with the Privy Council Office the best way to inform those provinces there may be a problem, and experts questioned Wednesday the wisdom of going public with the allegations while that process is underway.

 

Wesley Wark, a national security expert at the University of Toronto, is puzzled by the rush to release this information to the public first.

 

He says this puts CSIS "dangerously out front in what could become a serious and damaging political issue."

 

"It's not the business of CSIS to finger politicians it believes are threats to national security," he said.

 

Canadian security expert Martin Rudner also found the timing of the reveal curious, but he theorized that perhaps it is CSIS's way of letting any politician or official who is selling out Canadian interests know that the spy agency is watching.

 

China suspected

 

Fadden did not identify the two cabinet ministers or their provinces, but he said some public servants in British Columbia are also under suspicion.

 

Officials in British Columbia were caught off guard by the allegations that some among them could have a foreign government's interests at heart.

 

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's office said the premier would not be available for comment.

 

Municipal officials in Victoria and Vancouver appeared surprised at Fadden's statement and declined to comment.

 

Fadden described how a few foreign governments are seeking out Canadian politicians from the diaspora of those countries, and are offering free trips to the homeland or access to business contacts.

 

Fadden suggested that as the relationship gets cosier, a politician in that situation starts making decisions that favour his or her homeland over Canada.

 

Fadden did not name what countries are suspected of being involved in the practice, but in his interview with the CBC, he pointed to a statement by former CSIS boss Jim Judd that the intelligence agency spends half its counter-espionage budget dealing with China.

 

When Fadden was asked whether China was one of the foreign governments involved, he referred to media reports on China conducting economic espionage in Canada, saying they were not "entirely incorrect." 

 

 "I believe the country that you mentioned was mentioned in those stories," he said to the interviewer. 

 

 

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