OTTAWA — The Conservative government must lift the "veil of secrecy" and release a promised report from the Canada's spy agency detailing allegations that foreign governments are influencing Canadian politicians, the opposition Liberals say.
Liberal MP Mark Holland told a news conference Tuesday the government should quickly release the report that Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said last month would be delivered to his political bosses within four weeks.
Noting the four-week period ended Monday, Holland accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews of deliberately staying silent on the issue when Canadians deserve an answer.
"The Conservative strategy is clear. They are retreating into silence in the hopes Canadians will forget about this affair," Holland told reporters.
Christine Csversko, a spokeswoman for Toews, said no decision has been made about what would be released to the public.
"Minister Toews has not received this report. However, information in the report would be reviewed according to established national security protocols before any decision could be made about its release," Csversko said in an email.
Holland, the party's public safety critic, said Liberals have no interest in jeopardizing national security. However, he said, the government needs to release enough of the report to let Canadians know whether the allegations made by Fadden in a CBC television interview in June have any legitimacy and what constitutes undue foreign influence in the eyes of CSIS and the government.
Fadden didn't name names but referred to concerns about several municipal politicians in British Columbia and cabinet ministers in at least two provinces.
His comments were widely seen as directed at China and members of the Canadian-Chinese community.
Conservative MP Rob Anders has since thrown fuel on the controversy stemming from Fadden's allegations by suggesting the CSIS director had only scratched the surface of China's influence.
Anders told the Epoch Times, a newspaper founded by Falun Gong supporters, that government officials from Canada and other western countries are being wooed with extravagant gifts, beautiful women and over-the-top business deals.
Holland said the government owes it to the Chinese-Canadian community to come clean and remove the "cloud of suspicion" on the entire Chinese-Canadian community.
He also said individuals suspected of falling under foreign influence deserve to be confronted directly so they can respond.