Jun 24, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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An Ontario cabinet minister wants an apology from federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay – for appearing to suggest he is under investigation by Canada’s spy agency.

Michael Chan has also called for an apology – and a retraction from the Globe and Mail – the newspaper that published stories this month that Chan says have caused significant damage to his reputation.

The Globe reported that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warned the Ontario government in 2010 that Chan may have been susceptible to Chinese influence and had “unusually close ties to Chinese officials.”

Chan calls the allegations unfounded.

When the Globe’s article was published, reporters asked MacKay whether it was appropriate for government ministers to have close relationships with foreign officials.

MacKay said he wouldn’t discuss Chan’s specific case because it is an “ongoing investigation.”

Last week MacKay stepped back from those comments, calling it an “asinine assertion” that he confirmed CSIS was actively investigating Chan.

But Chan is not satisfied with that response.

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