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Former journalist on Hong Kong 'wanted' list receives 'friendly' visit from CSIS agent

This is the first contact from the federal government or its agencies since the Richmond journalist was listed.

RICHMOND,BC:MARCH 15, 2022 -- Victor Ho, the former Sing Tao editor, poses for a photo in Richmond, BC, August, 15, 2022. (Richard Lam/PNG) (For Joanne Lee-Young) 00097183A
RICHMOND, BC: March 15, 2022 -- Victor Former Sing Tao editor Ho poses for a photo shoot in Richmond, British Columbia, August 15, 2022. } PNG

Canada's intelligence agencies suspected former Chinese-language newspaper editor Victor Ho, who was put on a wanted list in Hong Kong two weeks ago, I made contact.

This is the first time a Richmond journalist has been contacted by the federal government or its agency since being on thelist

Two Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents visited Ho on Wednesday morning and had a brief "friendly and polite" conversation at his home. Since he had a busy schedule, they agreed to meet on Friday for a broader discussion, Ho told the Post Media.

Ho welcomed contact with CSIS. said to do.

Investigators asked if he was safe. "We will spare no effort to pursue the case," he said, adding that he continues to seek a high-level political response from the federal government. ''

He joined other activists at his July 27 press conference in Toronto to be listed under Hong Kong's national security law. , announced the establishment of a Hong Kong organization. Hong Kong's "parliament in exile" against Beijing's continued crackdown on political freedoms.

"Why has our government remained silent for so long?" Some Ho asked. "They are elected by the voters and therefore have the full responsibility of keeping the public safe. It's you and me."

In addition to a supportive public statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government

Ho would not be arrested if he returned to Hong Kong. Or maybe Hong Kong will send an agent to Canada, he said.

Ottawa faces a decades-long ban onauthorities allowing people to be sent to Hong Kong for certain crimes after the China-controlled area implemented a national security law in 2020.

Other politicians who have suspended the extradition deal also called on Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister for Global Affairs Melanie Jolie to openly oppose the Hong Kong government's actions. Among them are MP Jenny Kwan from East Vancouver and a group of Canadians with ties to Hong Kong.

Elected officials from the Trudeau administration have not issued a statement on the incident.

Ho also received a statement from his federal representative, his Richmond-Centre Liberal MP Wilson Miao. Said no contact.

Miao's office said it was unable to conduct "due diligence" because the government had not been contacted by Ho, and Miao did not comment. .

Gordon Holden, director emeritus of the China Instituteand adjunct professor at the University of Alberta Alberta His School of Business, is convinced that CSIS has contacted Ho. He said he does.

"For me, that's exactly what should happen. . Holden, a former diplomat, said, "And it has a calming effect on our citizens, (ho) those who wish to cause harm or cause misfortune." I think it has a chastising effect,” Holden added.

He did not believe that agents from Hong Kong were in danger of coming to Canada to harass and kidnap Ho. Putting Ho on the wanted list could mean intimidating and silencing other former Chinese and Hong Kong citizens in Canada, he said.

Holden said it is one thing for a foreign government to criticize Canada or its citizens, but it is another when foreign laws are translated into a threat to Canadians.


In a written statement in response to Postmedia questions, a Canadian public security official said the RCMP was aware of foreign interference activities in Canada. “Various methods and techniques have been put in place to combat foreign actor interference within RCMP missions,” Canadian Public Security spokesman Tim Warmington said.

CSIS and the Canadian Cyber ​​Security Center also help protect Canadians, public security officials said.

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