Conservative MP Michael Cooper says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "has a lot to answer for" after a report citing sources said the PMO was warned by intelligence officials that a Liberal MP was part of a Chinese foreign interference network.
The report, citing unnamed sources, says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) believes Dong is a "witting affiliate" in China's election interference networks, and that Trudeau's team was advised by CSIS to rescind Dong's candidacy.
Dong won the Liberal-stronghold riding of Don Valley North in both the 2019 and 2021 elections.
"It looks like the Liberal Party may be compromised. Justin Trudeau has a lot to answer for."
The Epoch Times contacted Dong, the Liberal Party, and the Prime Minister's Office for comment, but didn't hear back.
"As a Member of Parliament I have the utmost regard for the integrity of our democratic institutions and electoral processes. I strongly reject the insinuations in media reporting that allege I have played a role in offshore interference in these processes and will defend myself vigorously against such inaccurate and irresponsible claims that come from an unverified and anonymous source," he said.
AllegationsGlobal says its sources have said that Dong made frequent calls to Chinese officials and "was considered a close friend of the Toronto Consulate."
The report adds that during the 2019 election campaign, bus-loads of Chinese international students "with fake addresses" were allegedly brought into the riding and "coerced" to vote for Dong's candidacy for the Liberals.
The report adds that according to CSIS, Dong was a "close contact" of former Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan, "who is a target of CSIS."
Numerous attempts by The Epoch Times seeking comment from Chan have gone unanswered.
Chan told Global News: “This sort of vague innuendo is impossible to respond to. To the extent you are suggesting I am not a true Canadian, you should be ashamed of yourself.”
The Feb. 24 Global News report cites a source as saying that the Chinese Consulate in Toronto wasn't pleased with the "performance" of Geng Tan, the previous Liberal MP holding the Don Valley North riding, and cites multiple sources as saying that Dong emerged as Geng's successor in ways that CSIS "found suspicious."
Election Interference ProbeOn Feb. 21, the House of Commons Procedure and House Affairs Committee voted to expand its ongoing study of Beijing's election interference as more news reports emerged citing intelligence sources on the issue.
Trudeau and his officials have denied being aware of Chinese funding going to the 11 candidates.