On June 7, 2022, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute was pleased to host a book re-launch of Sam Cooper’s Wilful Blindness: How a network of narcos, tycoons and Chinese Communist Party agents infiltrated the West.
Opening remarks were delivered by MLI Senior Fellow Charles Burton; Dean Baxendale, Publisher at Optimum Publishing International; and Adam Chambers, Member of Parliament.
A panel discussion followed, focusing on money laundering, transnational organized crime, and national security. The discussion, moderated by Senior Fellow Charles Burton, featured Sam Cooper, author of Wilful Blindness; Jessica Davis, President at Insight Threat Intelligence; and James Cohen, Executive Director at Transparency International Canada.
Members of the panel touched on the malign yet sophisticated influence of the Chinese government and its agents in Canada, and how the Canadian government has chosen to address those concerns. They also debated Canada’s approach to the problem of money laundering and whether or not enough has been done to counteract it.