This media release forwarded to our blog from the New Democratic Party of Canada, in response to the CSIS-Fadden-spy affair.
The NDP media release also took the opportunity to remind Canadians of other past statements made by CSIS. Including, a comment made by the former head of the CSIS Asia desk, Michel Juneau-Katsuya.
Juneau-Katsya had alleged the motion from Canadian MP Olivia Chow to the Parliament of Canada, asking Japan to apologise for sexual slavery of “comfort women”, [a euphemism for organized rapes - see earlier post on "comfort women and Prime Ministers"] during the second world war was backed by an organisation influenced and funded by the Chinese government.
CHOW RESPONDS TO SPECIOUS CSIS CLAIMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 24, 2010
TORONTO – Today, New Democrat Olivia Chow (Trinity Spadina) spoke-out to address the recent irresponsible and damaging allegations by current and former senior members of the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service about foreign interference in Canadian politics.
Chow read the following statement:
“As the leaders of the G20 start arriving in Canada, let us not give in to the politics of fear being peddled by former or current CSIS officials.
Canadians are proud of our diversity. It is our strength. Multi-culturalism is worthy of celebration, and immigrants helped build our nation.
Repeating discredited statements, innuendo and accusations heightens paranoia and is destructive to an open and democratic society.
Let me give one glaring example of just such an error:
The CSIS Director, Richard Fadden, recently made public comments which are entirely unacceptable, casting a broad shadow of suspicion over individuals without foundation. His remarks need to be condemned by the Prime Minster on behalf of all Canadians and our democracy.
Another example is the former head of the CSIS Asia desk, Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who was forced to back down on recent baseless allegations made in his book ‘Nest of Spies’
In his book, he stated my Motion 291 passed through the Parliament of Canada asking for Japan to apologise for sexual slavery of comfort women during the second world war was backed by an organisation influenced and funded by the Chinese government. Harper Collins, the publisher of the book has since removed these offending pages.
Mr. Juneau-Katsuya was also involved in the Sidewinder Affair, a report on Chinese spies that was deep-sixed by CSIS after the intervention of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.
How does CSIS know that certain elected representatives are under influence by spies? Is CSIS keeping files on elected representatives now. If so, who, and why? CSIS must come clean and explain itself.
We know that Tommy Douglas, the greatest Canadian, was investigated. His file is still not made public. If CSIS has nothing to hide, then make the file on Tommy Douglas public.
Make public the files on all elected officials, name names, and give evidence. Hiding in the shadows and and making blanket statements is harmful and destructive.
Baseless spy stories belong in novels and movie theatres. Let’s not allow them to damage friendships between countries and tar the reputations of elected representatives and other Canadians.
Let us not get distracted by these sideshows and focus our energy on making poverty history and taking concrete actions to tackle climate change.”
For more information please contact:
Kerry-Ann Taylor, Office of Olivia Chow: 416-904-7692
George Soule, Caucus Press Secretary: 613-850-3448 or firstname.lastname@example.org