Coalition of human rights and pro-democracy groups fights against false narrative:
Calls for urgent implementation of a foreign-agent registry
Jenny Kwan, MP (Vancouver East), has joined a coalition of human rights and pro-democracy organizations from Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto to launch a House of Commons petition campaign urging the Canadian government to swiftly implement the Foreign Influence Transparency Registry (FITR) and related enforcement legislations.
The petition calls upon the government to promptly establish an independent public inquiry and implement effective measures, including the creation of a foreign interference registry, to prevent and deter such actions before the next election.
Critics of the FITR often wrongly equate the Registry with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923. This century-old racist act was a blanket discriminatory tool used to bar all Chinese individuals from entering Canada. In contrast, the foreign-agent registry is meant for those, whether Canadian or not, who lobby on behalf of foreign governments.
Chinese consulate officials have occasionally exploited anti-Asian sentiment and racism during the pandemic, openly assuring Chinese Canadians that their "motherland" will take care of them.
This initiative is about protecting Canadian sovereignty and safeguarding democracy. For far too long, we have witnessed China's undue influence infiltrating our community, and it is time to put an end to it.
Please sign the petition and share it with your community and friends.