Clement Calls on Government to Respond to China, Russia Spying

November 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2016

OTTAWA – Official Opposition critic for Public Safety, Tony Clement, said reports published today revealing that Canadian government officials are being targeted by spies in Russian and China are alarming and require immediate attention from the government.

The report, which was based on an access to information request, indicated the Canadian Security Intelligence Agency (CSIS) prepared a briefing for its director Michel Coulombe in March, specifically naming China and Russia as states that continue to target Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.

“This is extremely worrisome, particularly that CSIS is concerned that government officials are the targets of espionage. The government needs to assure Canadians that it is doing everything possible to defend against these attempts, and determine what officials might be at risk of becoming targets,” said Clement. “The fact that CSIS has taken the extraordinary step of naming Russia and China demonstrates the urgency and high level of concern. Conservatives are asking the government to indicate how seriously they are taking this warning, and what actions they have taken since learning of this ominous threat to our national security.”