Vancouver councillor George Chow says CSIS hasn’t responded to his concerns
Vision Vancouver councillorGeorge Chow couldn’t quite remember the name Richard Fadden.
All the second-term councillor could come up with in a recent phone interview with the Straight was “the guy” from “CSIS”.
Chow was of course referring to the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, who said in a CBC interview last year that some elected municipal politicians in B.C. are under suspicion of being under the influence of foreign governments.
The reason the CSIS matter came up was because Chow was being asked if he’s going to go for another term in this year’s November civic election.
“Maybe I should seek a clearance from CSIS before I run,” Chow said, sounding still upset about the claim of foreign influence on local politicians.
Chow was born in China. He came to Vancouver in 1965.
The councillor recalled that he wrote Fadden seeking clarification. He said that Canada’s spy chief hasn’t replied.
“His kind of accusation actually affects my election chances,” Chow said.
Given Chow’s sense of humour, it’s not clear whether he was joking this time.
The answer to the question of whether or not he will run for reelection: “I’m still thinking about it.”