Sam Cooper reported in Global News in November of 2022 that the Chinese consulate in Toronto was cultivating a network of 11 political candidates in the 2019 federal election. A series of subsequent reports would show that the Chinese Communist Party has been meddling in Canadian politics at all levels of government for many years and that Justin Trudeau was China’s preferred choice to be Liberal leader, and prime minister.
Cooper’s reporting has been at the forefront of this political scandal, leading the Trudeau government to first appoint the former governor general David Johnston – a close family friend and onetime ski buddy of Trudeau’s – to be the “special rapporteur”. This obvious conflict of interest was so scandalous that Johnston was forced to resign and the Trudeau government finally succumbed to the pressure to open a formal inquiry into foreign election interference.
Sam Cooper, founder of The Bureau, joins Harrison Faulkner on the show to discuss how the Chinese Communist Party has infiltrated Canada’s democracy.