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) joined a coalition of human rights and pro-democracy organizations from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto in a media conference to announce the launch of a House of Commons petition campaign, urging the Parliament to move expeditiously with the passage of the Foreign Influence and Transparency Registry (FITR) in the coming Fall Session of the House.
Paper Petition 紙本聯署
Online Petition 網上聯署 e-4534
Petition Flyer 宣傳單張
Media Coverage 傳媒報導
OMNI 都會聚焦 – 溫東國會議員背書支持民間團體促國會為外國代理人登記立法
RCI 加拿大國際廣播電臺 – 華裔人權團體聯合請愿：敦促盡快通過外國代理人注冊法案
RFA 自由亞洲電臺 – 中國影響加拿大媒體 議員敦促加快外國代理人註冊立法
Points Media 棱角媒體 – 撐港議員關慧貞發起聯署 促政府盡快立外國代理人登記法 制止外國干預加拿大
Ming Pao 明報加西版 – 關慧貞發起請願促盡快引入外國代理人登記法
Vision Times 看中國 – 加國會議員促加快外國代理人註冊立法
Epoch Times 多倫多大紀元時報 – 反中共滲透 加國議員及社團聯署籲儘快立法
Voice of America 美國之音廣東話 – 加拿大外國代理人登記法在華人中引起激烈爭議
In view of the recent CSIS revelation on China’s interference and influences in Canada, we are deeply concerned that some members of the community are using the centenary anniversary of the Chinese Immigration Act 1923, aka “Chinese Exclusion Act,” to undermine our Government’s commitment to proceed with the Foreign Influence Transparency Registry;
It is imperative not to conflate the racist Act, which discriminates against all Chinese, with the Registry, which is applicable only to those, Canadian or not, who lobby on behalf of foreign governments;
Anti-Chinese racism cannot be used as a shield to distract from and to minimize the urgent actions required to preserve our Canadian democracy;
Setting up a comprehensive system of our own Foreign Influence Transparency Registry is one of the most effective ways to safeguard our Canadian democratic system and uphold the universal core values of freedom, democracy, and justice;
Canada must be in step with our allies including Australia, the UK and the US., each of which has established its own registry; and
Canada simply cannot afford to play politics with our national security or our democratic process.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
- Move expeditiously with the passage of the Foreign Influence and Transparency Registry legislation in the coming Fall Session of the House;
- Develop a proactive and comprehensive strategy in eradicating systemic racism in all its manifestations within Canada; and
- Develop a proactive public education strategy on promoting civil engagement and democratic participation.