We asked every MP if they’re implicated in foreign interference. Here’s what they said – and who didn’t reply
We asked every MP if they’re implicated in foreign interference. Here’s what they said – and who didn’t reply

Fewer than a third of all current MPs in the House of Commons were willing to go on record and say they were not involved in foreign interference.

Prompted by allegations from the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians that certain MPs wittingly collaborated with foreign governments, True North emailed all 334 MPs and 105 senators asking if they could deny involvement in foreign interference. 

MPs and senators were presented with two questions:

  • Have they ever knowingly assisted a foreign government in foreign interference activities?
  • Can they confidently confirm to Canadians that they were not one of the MPs referenced in the NSICOP report? 

A total of 107 MPs and 10 senators replied. The vast majority were Conservatives. All who replied answered “No” to the first question and “Yes” to the second, denying involvement in foreign interference.

Most Conservative MPs, 99 out of 118, responded to True North’s requests and all of them denied involvement in foreign interference. Some of them, such as Conservative MP and foreign affairs critic Michael Chong, were targets of foreign interference themselves.

“I am mentioned in the redacted version of the NSICOP report, but as a target of foreign interference threat activities. I can confidently confirm that I am not one of the witting MPs referred to in the report who engaged in foreign reference activities with a foreign state,” said Chong. 

Just one New Democrat MP, Alistair MacGregor, replied. Five Liberal MPs, including former House speaker Anthony Rota, answered the questions. No Bloc Quebecois or Green party MPs responded. Of the three independent members of Parliament, only Kevin Vuong responded.

A lack of response by individuals does not indicate admission to nefarious activities, but parliamentarians were told that non-responses would be reported on. Additionally, members of NSICOP were bound by their commitments and therefore could not reply to inquiries. 

They included MPs David McGuinty (Lib.),  Darren Fisher (Lib.), Patricia Lattanzio (Lib.), Rob Morrison (Con.), Alex Ruff (Con.), Stephane Bergeron (BQ), Don Davies (NDP) and senators Frances Lankin, Patricia Duncan, Marty Klyne. 

Liberal MP Leah Taylor Roy was one of six Liberal MPs who responded to True North’s inquiry. However, she replied with a statement and did not respond to the specific questions posed about foreign interference.

“I am responding to your email but I think it is inappropriate to list those who do not respond as it could be taken by the public as some kind of acknowledgement of involvement – however many MPs would not feel comfortable answering or perhaps might overlook the email,” Taylor Roy wrote.

Senate Speaker Raymonde Gagné’s office responded to the request by saying Gagné had no comment on the report. 

Conservative MP and immigration critic Tom Kmiec was also cited in the report as a target.

“The (Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China) group I belong to and its Canadian MPs and Senators who were targeted by the PRC for foreign interference are given as an example of attempted interference. I was targeted by the PRC,” explained Kmiec. 

The full list of parliamentarians contacted and their responses – or non-responses – can be found below.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Ziad Aboultaif (Con.) – Denied involvement

Scott Aitchison (Con.) – Denied involvement

Dan Albas (Con.) – Denied involvement

Omar Alghabra (Lib.) – No response

Shafqat Ali (Lib.) – No response

Dean Allison (Con.) – Denied involvement

Anita Anand (Lib.) – No response

Gary Anandasangaree (Lib.) – No response

Charlie Angus (NDP) – No response

Mel Arnold (Con.) – Denied involvement

René Arseneault (Lib.) – No response

Chandra Arya (Lib.) – No response

Niki Ashton (NDP) – No response

Jenica Atwin (Lib.) – No response

Taylor Bachrach (NDP) – No response

Vance Badawey (Lib.) – No response

Parm Bains (Lib.) – Denied involvement

Yvan Baker (Lib.) – No response

Tony Baldinelli (Con.) – Denied involvement

John Barlow (Con.) – Denied involvement

Michael Barrett (Con.) – Denied involvement

Lisa Marie Barron (NDP) – No response

Xavier Barsalou-Duval (BQ) – No response

Jaime Battiste (Lib.) – No response

Mario Beaulieu (BQ) – No response

Terry Beech (Lib.) – No response

Rachel Bendayan (Lib.) – No response

Stéphane Bergeron (BQ) – NSICOP member

Luc Berthold (Con.) – Denied involvement

Sylvie Bérubé (BQ) – No response

James Bezan (Con.) – Denied involvement

Marie-Claude Bibeau (Lib.) – No response

Chris Bittle (Lib.) – No response

Bill Blair (Lib.) – No response

Yves-François Blanchet (BQ) – No response

Maxime Blanchette-Joncas (BQ) – No response

Rachel Blaney (NDP) – No response

Kelly Block (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kody Blois (Lib.) – No response

Randy Boissonnault (Lib.) – No response

Alexandre Boulerice (NDP) – No response

Valerie Bradford (Lib.) – No response

Richard Bragdon (Con.) – Denied involvement

John Brassard (Con.) – Denied involvement

Élisabeth Brière (Lib.) – No response

Larry Brock (Con.) – Denied involvement

Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe (BQ) – No response

Blaine Calkins (Con.) – Denied involvement

Richard Cannings (NDP) – No response

Frank Caputo (Con.) – No response

Ben Carr (Lib.) – No response

Colin Carrie (Con.) – Denied involvement

Sean Casey (Lib.) – No response

Louise Chabot (BQ) – No response

Bardish Chagger (Lib.) – No response

George Chahal (Lib.) – No response

Adam Chambers (Con.) – Denied involvement

François-Philippe Champagne (Lib.) – No response

Martin Champoux (BQ) – No response

Sophie Chatel (Lib.) – No response

Shaun Chen (Lib.) – No response

Paul Chiang (Lib.) – No response

Michael Chong (Con.) – Denied involvement

Chad Collins (Lib.) – No response

Laurel Collins (NDP) – No response

Michael Cooper (Con.) – Denied involvement

Serge Cormier (Lib.) – No response

Michael Coteau (Lib.) – No response

Chris d’Entremont (Con.) – Denied involvement

Julie Dabrusin (Lib.) – No response

Marc Dalton (Con.) – Denied involvement

Pam Damoff (Lib.) – No response

Raquel Dancho (Con.) – Denied involvement

Scot Davidson (Con.) – Denied involvement

Don Davies (NDP) – NSICOP member

Claude DeBellefeuille (BQ) – No response

Gérard Deltell (Con.) – No response

Caroline Desbiens (BQ) – No response

Luc Desilets (BQ) – No response

Blake Desjarlais (NDP) – No response

Sukh Dhaliwal (Lib.) – No response

Anju Dhillon (Lib.) – No response

Todd Doherty (Con.) – Denied involvement

Han Dong (Ind.) – No response

Terry Dowdall (Con.) – Denied involvement

Earl Dreeshen (Con.) – No response

Francis Drouin (Lib.) – No response

Emmanuel Dubourg (Lib.) – No response

Jean-Yves Duclos (Lib.) – No response

Terry Duguid (Lib.) – No response

Eric Duncan (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kirsty Duncan (Lib.) – No response

Julie Dzerowicz (Lib.) – No response

Ali Ehsassi (Lib.) – No response

Fayçal El-Khoury (Lib.) – No response

Stephen Ellis (Con.) – Denied involvement

Dave Epp (Con.) – No response

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Lib.) – No response

Rosemarie Falk (Con.) – Denied involvement

Ted Falk (Con.) – Denied involvement

Ed Fast (Con.) – Denied involvement

Greg Fergus (Lib.) – No response

Soraya Martinex Ferrada (Lib.) – No response

Michelle Ferreri (Con.) – No response

Andy Fillmore (Lib.) – No response

Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Con.) – Denied involvement

Darren Fisher (Lib.) – NSICOP member

Peter Fonseca (Lib.) – No response

Mona Fortier (Lib.) – No response

Rhéal Éloi  Fortin (BQ) – No response

Peter Fragiskatos (Lib.) – No response

Sean Fraser (Lib.) – No response

Chrystia Freeland (Lib.) – No response

Hedy Fry (Lib.) – No response

Iqwinder Gaheer (Lib.) – No response

Anna Gainey (Lib.) – No response

Cheryl Gallant (Con.) – Denied involvement

Jean-Denis Garon (BQ) – No response

Randall Garrison (NDP) – No response

Marie-Hélène Gaudreau (BQ) – No response

Leah Gazan (NDP) – No response

Bernard Généreux (Con.) – No response

Garnett Genuis (Con.) – Denied involvement

Mark Gerretsen (Lib.) – No response

Marilène Gill (BQ) – No response

Marilyn Gladu (Con.) – Denied involvement

Joël Godin (Con.) – No response

Laila Goodridge (Con.) – Denied involvement

Karina Gould (Lib.) – No response

Jacques Gourde (Con.) – Denied involvement

Tracy Gray (Con.) – Denied involvement

Matthew Green (NDP) – No response

Steven Guilbeault (Lib.) – No response

Patty Hajdu (Lib.) – No response

Brendan Hanley (Lib.) – No response

Ken Hardie (Lib.) – No response

Lisa Hepfner (Lib.) – No response

Randy Hoback (Con.) – Denied involvement

Mark Holland (Lib.) – No response

Anthony Housefather (Lib.) – No response

Carol Hughes (NDP) – No response

Ahmed Hussen (Lib.) – No response

Gudie Hutchings (Lib.) – No response

Angelo Iacono (Lib.) – No response

Lori Idlout (NDP) – No response

Marci Ien (Lib.) – No response

Helena Jaczek (Lib.) – No response

Matt Jeneroux (Con.) – Denied involvement

Jamil Jivani (Con.) – Denied involvement

Gord Johns (NDP) – No response

Mélanie Joly (Lib.) – No response

Yvonne Jones (Lib.) – No response

Majid Jowhari (Lib.) – No response

Peter Julian (NDP) – No response

Arielle Kayabaga (Lib.) – No response

Mike Kelloway (Lib.) – No response

Pat Kelly (Con.) – Denied involvement

Iqra Khalid (Lib.) – No response

Arpan Khanna (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kamal Khera (Lib.) – No response

Robert Kitchen (Con.) – No response

Tom Kmiec (Con.) – Denied involvement

Annie Koutrakis (Lib.) – No response

Michael Kram (Con.) – Denied involvement

Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Con.) – Denied involvement

Damien Kurek (Con.) – Denied involvement

Stephanie Kusie (Con.) – Denied involvement

Irek Kusmierczyk (Lib.) – No response

Jenny Kwan (NDP) – No response

Mike Lake (Con.) – Denied involvement

Marie-France Lalonde (Lib.) – No response

Emmanuella Lambropoulos (Lib.) – No response

Kevin Lamoureux (Lib.) – No response

Melissa Lantsman (Con.) – Denied involvement

Viviane Lapointe (Lib.) – No response

Andréanne Larouche (BQ) – No response

Patricia Lattanzio (Lib.) – NSICOP member

Stéphane Lauzon (Lib.) – No response

Philip Lawrence (Con.) – Denied involvement

Dominic LeBlanc (Lib.) – No response

Diane Lebouthillier (Lib.) – No response

Richard Lehoux (Con.) – No response

Sébastien Lemire (BQ) – No response

Branden Leslie (Con.) – Denied involvement

Chris Lewis (Con.) – Denied involvement

Leslyn Lewis (Con.) – Denied involvement

Ron Liepert (Con.) – No response

Joël Lightbound (Lib.) – No response

Dane Lloyd (Con.) – Denied involvement

Ben Lobb (Con.) – Denied involvement

Wayne Long (Lib.) – Denied involvement

Lloyd Longfield (Lib.) – No response

Tim Louis (Lib.) – No response

Lawrence MacAulay (Lib.) – No response

Heath MacDonald (Lib.) – No response

Alistair MacGregor (NDP) – Denied involvement

Steven MacKinnon (Lib.) – No response

Larry Maguire (Con.) – No response

Shuvaloy Majumdar (Con.) – Denied involvement

James Maloney (Lib.) – No response

Richard Martel (Con.) – No response

Brian Masse (NDP) – No response

Lindsay Mathyssen (NDP) – No response

Bryan May (Lib.) – No response

Elizabeth May (GP) – No response

Dan Mazier (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kelly McCauley (Con.) – Denied involvement

Ken McDonald (Lib.) – Denied involvement

David McGuinty (Lib.) – NSICOP member

John McKay (Lib.) – No response

Ron McKinnon (Lib.) – No response

Greg McLean (Con.) – No response

Michael McLeod (Lib.) – No response

Heather McPherson (NDP) – No response

Eric Melillo (Con.) – Denied involvement

Alexandra Mendès (Lib.) – No response

Marco Mendicino (Lib.) – No response

Lena Metlege Diab (Lib.) – No response

Wilson Miao (Lib.) – No response

Kristina Michaud (BQ) – No response

Marc Miller (Lib.) – No response

Rob Moore (Con.) – Denied involvement

Marty Morantz (Con.) – Denied involvement

Mike Morrice (GP) – No response

Rob Morrison (Con.) – NSICOP member

Robert Morrissey (Lib.) – No response

Glen Motz (Con.) – Denied involvement

Joyce Murray (Lib.) – No response

Dan Muys (Con.) – Denied involvement

Yasir Naqvi (Lib.) – No response

John Nater (Con.) – Denied involvement

Mary Ng (Lib.) – No response

Taleeb Noormohamed (Lib.) – No response

Christine Normandin (BQ) – No response

Jennifer O’Connell (Lib.) – No response

Seamus O’Regan (Lib.) – No response

Robert Oliphant (Lib.) – No response

Jeremy Patzer (Con.) – Denied involvement

Pierre Paul-Hus (Con.) – Denied involvement

Monique Pauzé (BQ) – No response

Rick Perkins (Con.) – Denied involvement

Yves Perron (BQ) – No response

Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Lib.) – No response

Louis Plamondon (BQ) – No response

Pierre Poilievre (Con.) – Denied involvement

Marcus Powlowski (Lib.) – No response

Carla Qualtrough (Lib.) – No response

Alain Rayes (Ind.) – No response

Brad Redekopp (Con.) – Denied involvement

Scott Reid (Con.) – Denied involvement

Michelle Rempel Garner (Con.) – Denied involvement

Blake Richards (Con.) – No response

Anna Roberts (Con.) – Denied involvement

Yves Robillard (Lib.) – No response

Pablo Rodriguez (Lib.) – No response

Churence Rogers (Lib.) – No response

Sherry Romanado (Lib.) – No response

Lianne Rood (Con.) – Denied involvement

Anthony Rota (Lib.) – Denied involvement

Alex Ruff (Con.) – NSICOP member

Ruby Sahota (Lib.) – No response

Harjit S. Sajjan (Lib.) – No response

Ya’ara Saks (Lib.) – No response

Darrell Samson (Lib.) – Denied involvement

Randeep Sarai (Lib.) – No response

Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay (BQ) – No response

Francis Scarpaleggia (Lib.) – No response

Andrew Scheer (Con.) – Denied involvement

Peter Schiefke (Lib.) – No response

Jamie Schmale (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kyle Seeback (Con.) – Denied involvement

Marc Serré (Lib.) – No response

Judy A. Sgro (Lib.) – No response

Brenda Shanahan (Lib.) – No response

Terry Sheehan (Lib.) – No response

Martin Shields (Con.) – No response

Doug Shipley (Con.) – Denied involvement

Maninder Sidhu (Lib.) – No response

Sonia Sidhu (Lib.) – No response

Mario Simard (BQ) – No response

Nathalie Sinclair-Desgagné (BQ) – No response

Jagmeet Singh (NDP) – No response

Jasraj Singh Hallan (Con.) – Denied involvement

Clifford Small (Con.) – No response

Francesco Sorbara (Lib.) – No response

Gerald Soroka (Con.) – Denied involvement

Charles Sousa (Lib.) – No response

Pascale St-Onge (Lib.) – No response

Gabriel Ste-Marie (BQ) – No response

Warren Steinley (Con.) – Denied involvement

Jake Stewart (Con.) – Denied involvement

Mark Strahl (Con.) – Denied involvement

Shannon Stubbs (Con.) – Denied involvement

Jenna Sudds (Lib.) – No response

Filomena Tassi (Lib.) – No response

Leah Taylor Roy (Lib.) – No response

Luc Thériault (BQ) – No response

Alain Therrien (BQ) – No response

Rachael Thomas (Con.) – Denied involvement

Joanne Thompson (Lib.) – No response

Corey Tochor (Con.) – Denied involvement

Fraser Tolmie (Con.) – No response

Justin Trudeau (Lib.) – No response

Denis Trudel (BQ) – No response

Ryan Turnbull (Lib.) – No response

Tim Uppal (Con.) – Denied involvement

Rechie Valdez (Lib.) – No response

Tony Van Bynen (Lib.) – No response

Adam van Koeverden (Lib.) – No response

Tako Van Popta (Con.) – Denied involvement

Dan Vandal (Lib.) – No response

Anita Vandenbeld (Lib.) – No response

Karen Vecchio (Con.) – Denied involvement

Gary Vidal (Con.) – Denied involvement

Dominique Vien (Con.) – Denied involvement

Arnold Viersen (Con.) – Denied involvement

Julie Vignola (BQ) – No response

René Villemure (BQ) – No response

Arif Virani (Lib.) – No response

Brad Vis (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kevin Vuong (Ind.) – Denied involvement

Cathay Wagantall (Con.) – Denied involvement

Chris Warkentin (Con.) – Denied involvement

Kevin Waugh (Con.) – Denied involvement

Len Webber (Con.) – Denied involvement

Patrick Weiler (Lib.) – No response

Jonathan Wilkinson (Lib.) – No response

Ryan Williams (Con.) – Denied involvement

John Williamson (Con.) – Denied involvement

Jean Yip (Lib.) – No response

Salma Zahid (Lib.) – No response

Bonita Zarrillo (NDP) – No response

Bob Zimmer (Con.) – Denied involvement

Sameer Zuberi (Lib.) – No response

SENATE

Batters, Denise – Denied involvement

Carignan, Claude, P.C. – Denied involvement

Dagenais, Jean-Guy – Denied involvement

Housakos, Leo – Denied involvement

MacDonald, Michael L. – Denied involvement

Martin, Yonah – Denied involvement

Moodie, Rosemary – Denied involvement

Poirier, Rose-May – Denied involvement

Seidman, Judith G. – Denied involvement

Wells, David M. – Denied involvement

All other senators were unresponsive.

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