Last week, the Globe & Mail reported that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) was "concerned about [Ontario cabinet minister Michael] Chan’s ties with China and feared he was susceptible to influence by the Chinese government."
Today, the National Post reports that Chan had demanded a retraction and is threatening to sue the Globe.
The Post reprints Chan's full statement, which reads in part:
It is impossible to imagine a more serious attack on me and my family. Let me say again that the insinuations and allegations made by the Globe and Mail are false and have caused serious damage to my reputation, to me, and to my family.
I am calling on the Globe and Mail today to immediately stop, to the extent possible, the ongoing harm that is being done to me and my family by publishing a retraction and an apology in a place of comparable prominence to the initial publications.
As reported earlier in The Rebel, Chan's connections to the controversial Confucius Institute could be cause for concern.
The situation raises questions about the Liberal Party's attitudes about communist China, but such ties aren't exclusive to the Liberals.
As Dr. Charles Burton told Ezra Levant last week, ex-foreign affairs minister John Baird, a Conservative, is "now working at least half his time for Chinese interests."
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