Federal investigators waited years to look into allegations a 2021 Liberal candidate benefited from thousands in undisclosed donations from friends of China, records show. Vancouver East candidate Josh Vander Vies’ campaign was ultimately fined $500 for poor bookkeeping.

The Elections Commissioner was “less interested in the issue,” according to documents released by the China inquiry. A cursory investigation took more than two years.

“You have to appreciate the facts,” testified Elections Commissioner Caroline Simard. “I cannot speculate here,” she added.

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