MP Han Dong threatens authorized motion in opposition to International Information and Corus Leisure

Han Dong says he plans to pursue authorized motion in opposition to International Information and Corus Leisure following the community’s revealed allegations that the Toronto space MP advised delaying the discharge of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig to a Chinese language diplomat in early 2021.

International’s report, citing nameless sources, alleges that the Member of Parliament for Don Valley North – who resigned from the Liberal caucus final week – informed Han Tao, China’s consul common in Toronto, that releasing “the 2 Michaels” would profit the Conservatives.

The community’s ongoing investigative reporting into allegations Dong was a part of a Chinese language international interference community consists of the assertion that senior aides within the PMO’s workplace had been briefed on CSIS suspicions about Hong – then an MPP –  being supported by the Chinese language Communist Get together (CCP) three weeks earlier than the 2019 federal election, however selected to disregard them. Former Governor Basic David Johnston has been appointed Particular Rapporteur to find out whether or not a public inquiry into international election interference is warranted.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday morning, Dong stated he had retained a lawyer “to start authorized motion to its fullest extent.” He went on to speak about his father’s emigration to Canada after spending time in a “re-education camp” in the course of the Cultural Revolution, the place he was subjected to pressured labour, main him to find out there was no future for his household in China.

“The trauma left on my father is without doubt one of the compelling the reason why, as co-chair of the Canada-China Legislative Affiliation and a Member of Parliament, I took each accessible alternative to advocate on behalf of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and to name for his or her speedy launch. It’s inconceivable that I might ever recommend a falsely accused particular person ought to spend an additional minute in jail,” acknowledged Dong.

“I voted in help of a public inquiry on international interference to exhibit to my household, colleagues and constituents that I’ve nothing to cover and to remind my false accusers and International Information that the reality will all the time come out in the long run,” his assertion continued.

International Information is standing by its reporting.

“International Information is ruled by a rigorous set of Journalistic Rules and Practices. We’re very aware of the general public curiosity and obligation of this necessary accountability reporting,” stated Sonia Verma, Editor in Chief and VP of International Information, in an announcement supplied to Broadcast Dialogue.

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