Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

NDP Leader Singh Expresses Alarm After Reading Unredacted Intelligence Report

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has voiced heightened concerns following his review of an unredacted intelligence report on foreign interference in Canadian politics. Singh stated that the report suggests some parliamentarians are “willing participants” in these efforts, a claim based on intelligence gathered by the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP).

“I am more alarmed today than I was yesterday after reading the report,” Singh remarked. “It reveals that a number of MPs have knowingly assisted foreign governments, posing a significant threat to Canada and Canadians.”

Despite Singh’s serious comments, his office clarified that his statements should not be interpreted as confirming or denying the involvement of current MPs. He also noted that some cases described in the report appear criminal and should be prosecuted.

This reaction contrasts with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who, after reading the same report, expressed relief that no current MPs were implicated in knowingly betraying their country. However, May did acknowledge concerning instances of foreign interference across various levels of government.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is seeking security clearance to review the report, while Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has not. Singh criticized Poilievre’s refusal, suggesting it disqualifies him as a leader.

Canada’s Intelligence Commissioner Simon Noël has warned that public discussions on classified information could compromise national security.

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