Whatever Happened to CSIS Director Richard Fadden’s Bombshell Accusations

About Cabinet Ministers Being in the Pockets of Foreign Governments? 

© 2010 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor 


It ought to be totally obvious by now that the ‘establishment’ doesn’t want to talk about, much less comprehensively analyze, foreign interference in Canadian politics.  CSIS Director Fadden’s bombshell accusations triggered a national discussion and debate just days after the RCC invitation process was concluding and the mainstream media were compelled to cover it – all occurring just before the international community of world leaders came to the country for the G8-G20 Summit.  A week to the day later the FBI rounded up a dozen Russian spies, flooding the continent with this issue.  


So what happened to all that?  It was predicted those who’ve benefited from the non-transparent relationship with China would do everything possible to suffocate the controversy in the bud and sweep the entire matter under the proverbial rug.  And that’s exactly what happened as is observed in late October.  


What does that say about transparency and accountability in Canada?  It’s a rhetorical question, of course.  When it comes to what The Sidewinder Report and RCC research proves is the case, the richest Canadians – beneficiaries, or embezzlers, of several trillion dollars over the last quarter century – and their political lackeys want to continue being pigs at the trough.  And who pays and suffers – tens of millions of Canadians.  


The raison d'être of the RCC was to edify hundreds of executives of organizations with a combined membership of over 20 million to trigger a national awareness about what five years of research exposed – a constituent of Canadian governance successfully concealed from view for three decades that harbours systemic corruption and criminality and egregious constitution and sovereignty -violating policies and practices.   



It was hoped the awareness campaign would lead to a full appreciation of all the serious dysfunctionalities of our political and economic systems – like what’s documented in The Sidewinder Report  and argued in the ‘Prosperity Theft’ section of the RCC website – the brazen embezzlement of some $3 trillion by the top 0.000000001% of Canadians and their Chinese partners.   Evidence like this in addition to Chinese joint sovereignty ought to have caused such anger in the hearts and minds of every executive that by now the old guard should have been purged from office. 



Was CSIS Director Fadden’s bombshell accusation on June 21st enough to convince RCC invitees of the credibility of the founder’s research-demonstrated assertions and motivate them to join that awareness-triggering coalition?  Were they livid enough to become involved when the rich, powerful and Chinese stole $1 billion disguised as G8-20 funding – an undertaking specifically designed to mock what the RCC was seeking to achieve? 



What became of Fadden's accusations?  Recall how political leaders, mainstream news and national security academics razed his reputation to protect their valuable status quo: June 25, 2010: Explain Yourself or Resign, Critics Tell Top Spy’ and ‘Chow Slams Spy Fiction’, The Star and July 3, 2010: News Articles and Commentary on the Fadden Bombshell That Pave the Way for the RCC National Awareness Campaign, RCC Editorial.



Three weeks later he was grilled and ridiculed by all members of the House Committee on national security: July 5, 2010: Did CSIS Director Fadden’s Committee Testimony Help or Prejudice RCC Interests and Objectives?, RCC Editorial.  His response to the public outcry: wait for my report. 


Remember the Liberals screaming for full disclosure upon submitting his investigation results to Vic Towes? 


CSIS report must be made public, Liberals say

by Richard J. Brennan

The Star

July 6, 2010

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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper owes it to all Canadians to make public a CSIS report naming provincial politicians and B.C. municipal officials under the influence of foreign governments, Liberal critic MP Marlene Jennings said Tuesday. 


Jennings was reacting to statements by Canada’s top spy, Richard Fadden, alleging that two unnamed provincial cabinet ministers somewhere in Canada as well as B.C. municipal officials were being influenced by foreign agents.


“Right now you have every single B.C. municipal official and every cabinet minister in British Columbia under a cloud of suspicion,” she told reporters.  


“The Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety have been silent for too long.” 



A scan of the Hansard record for Question Period during the first month beginning on September 20th reveals not one question  not one – was asked.*  

* click HERE to check for yourself


In mid-October, this:


Memo names politicians feared under foreign influence

by Joanna Smith

Toronto Star

October 15, 2010

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OTTAWA—The Canadian spy chief has told the federal public safety minister who the intelligence agency suspects is being unduly influenced by foreign agents, according to a top-secret memo obtained by the Star.


The undated, draft memo from Richard Fadden to Vic Toews is heavily redacted, but shows he made good on his pledge to inform the minister about his specific concerns after he first shook the country by divulging those concerns in a speech and nationally televised interview.


Fadden made waves this summer when he said that foreign governments — including China — have been infiltrating ethnic communities and trying to influence politicians at all levels of government.


A spokesperson for Toews would not say what, if anything, the minister did after receiving the four-page memo, citing national security.


Fadden even went so far as to say that CSIS was particularly worried about two cabinet ministers in two unnamed provinces and several municipal politicians in British Columbia, but noted they were unaware of what was happening.


Those vague allegations had opposition critics calling for his resignation for smearing all politicians without giving the unnamed targets the opportunity to defend themselves, and the Chinese-Canadian community reacted strongly to the suggestion that ties to the homeland could mean they were not to be trusted.




Toews was unavailable for an interview on Thursday. His spokesman Mike Patton refused to discuss any of the censored parts of the document, or even acknowledge that it would contain specific details about the two cases — or name any names — despite that being the reason the memo was created.


In a follow-up email, Patton declined to comment on what Toews might do with the information now that he has it. 


“All I am permitted to say is: if the minister directed any action as a result of the meeting with Mr. Fadden or intends to direct any action in the future, it would be a matter relating to national security and we would not be in a position to comment,” Patton wrote.




Liberal public safety critic Mark Holland said it is time for the specific allegations to be aired so the individuals and communities involved can defend themselves. 


“To be in this netherworld where there are serious allegations hanging out there with no specificity to them, this cloud hangs over the entire community and they feel like second-class citizens,” Holland said. “And that’s wrong.”


And then on the first month anniversary of the House resuming, October 20th, two questions:


Mr. Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, NDP):   


Mr. Speaker, CSIS director Richard Fadden made allegations of foreign influence that tarred thousands of Canadians with unwarranted suspicion and are hurtful to the Chinese Canadian community.


We know that Mr. Fadden was in direct contact with the public safety minister before and after his remarks. Yet the minister is now ducking the public safety committee's request for him to appear and be accountable for his own official statements.


Here is what the government House leader said about appearing at committees: “Ministers are responsible, and I'm here to accept that responsibility”. Why will this minister not accept his responsibility, be accountable and explain this unjustified smear?



Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC):     

Mr. Speaker, I will be at the committee on Monday.  


Towes then continues to answer the question, but in a way that undeniably exposes the Conservatives’ loyalty to what the RCC disseminated:



However, I want to indicate that the NDP public safety critic compared the selfless acts of those who helped slaves escape persecution to the criminal human smugglers who prey on individuals, vulnerable individuals, and who only care about profit. That member should be ashamed. That member should apologize.


Human smugglers are clearly targeting Canada and are treating our country like a doormat. The problem is growing and it must be stopped. That member should apologize and assist us.


In his answer to the second question he makes an offer:


Mrs. Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, BQ):     


Mr. Speaker, Richard Fadden, the director of CSIS, has alleged that a number of politicians are under the influence of a foreign government. This unusual statement from a CSIS director has added to the climate of doubt surrounding elected officials. The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security has invited the minister to come and answer questions about this affair but, even though the minister is joining us on Monday, he refuses to answer this question for no apparent reason. 


Is the minister hiding in order to avoid revealing that his government is, in fact, associated with the CSIS director's irresponsible operation to cast doubt on the integrity of elected officials?



Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC): 


Mr. Speaker, I will be there on Monday. The member can ask me any question that she likes.   However, we do not comment on operational matters related to CSIS. Mr. Fadden came to committee and answered questions for two hours in respect of that particular issue.  The member is obviously trying to make a political issue out of Mr. Fadden's comments.


A few hours later, this:  


Toews won't discuss spy chief's remarks

The Canadian Press


October 20, 2010

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OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is refusing to appear before a House of Commons committee to answer lingering questions about contentious comments by Canada's spy chief. 


A Public Safety Department official told the committee Tuesday that Toews -- the minister responsible for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service -- will not testify at a hearing Wednesday.


Does the foregoing look like a government that promised transparency, or its opposite?  Do Harper and Towes et al. convey trust and responsibility to Canada’s interests, or their opposite?  And who's holding the broom and the lip of the rug up? And hey, what else is hiding under there? 





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