Advocates push for swift approval of the foreign influence registry to boost online engagement

Katherine Leung of Hong Kong Watch says Bill C-70 shows that the government has finally listened to diaspora communities in drafting legislation that creates a foreign influence registry and makes it a crime for failing to identify oneself as working on behalf of a foreign country. (CTV News)

“Canadian immigrants facing threats from hostile regimes are turning to parliamentarians for support in passing the crucial ‘Countering Foreign Interference Act’. This legislation, known as Bill C-70, aims to enhance the safety of immigrants by expanding the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and cracking down on specific foreign interference activities.”

### A Lifeline for Vulnerable Communities

Balpreet Singh of the World Sikh Organization (WSO) highlights the urgency of this act for communities at risk. He emphasizes the importance of sharing intelligence to protect vulnerable individuals like the late Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a B.C. Sikh activist tragically killed. The bill aims to address gaps in information sharing between agencies, enabling proactive measures to safeguard those in danger.

### Strengthening National Security

Former CSIS executive manager Dan Stanton underscores the necessity of empowering CSIS to combat threats originating beyond Canada’s borders. The proposed amendments will equip the agency with enhanced capabilities to investigate and respond to transnational aggression, ensuring a more comprehensive approach to national security.

### Combating Covert Foreign Influence

Katherine Leung from Hong Kong Watch commends the government for heeding the concerns of diaspora communities and implementing measures to combat foreign interference. By criminalizing activities detrimental to national interests and establishing a foreign influence registry, the legislation provides a vital tool to hold offenders accountable and safeguard individuals from intimidation tactics.

As Bill C-70 navigates through the legislative process, the looming question of the timeline adds a sense of urgency to the situation. With the impending federal election, the need for swift action becomes paramount to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians, especially those vulnerable to external threats.

In a rapidly evolving global landscape, the passage of the Countering Foreign Interference Act represents a pivotal moment in safeguarding the well-being of Canadian immigrants. By fostering collaboration and unity, parliamentarians can uphold the values of safety, security, and resilience for all those who call Canada their home.”



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