Open Letter to Liberal MP Filomena Tassi

Filomena Tassi, Liberal Party of Canada

Question Regarding Expulsion of Russian Diplomats by Canada

Good morning Ms Tassi,

This is an “informal request” under the Access to Information Act.

I am a resident of Dundas, Ontario and a voter in your constituency. I am also a publisher and editor of the local website “” which primarily deals with small local issues, like the deer hunt in Dundas Valley or public access to our local areas and facilities once built with taxpayers’ money. Occasionally, I deal with broader issues, both provincial and federal, that have a potential of seriously affecting our lives as Canadians and/or Hamiltonians.

My request is as follows:

What evidence, other than “assurances” and “solidarity”, did the Canadian government base its decision to expel Russian diplomats on?

We are all adults and we know that “assurances” and “solidarity” alone do not constitute “evidence”.

In her official statement, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Christa Freeland mentioned that this initiative was taken “in response to a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in Salisbury, UK.” What evidence does the Canadian government have to support the claim that:

– such attack indeed took place;
– a chemical military grade agent was indeed used in this attack;
– Russia was responsible for this attack?

Aside from the fact that the UK government did not present to the public (or to Russia) any evidence to support these claims, and aside from the fact that, in the past, false statements were made by the US and UK governments to justify criminal policies (for example the infamous “Downing Street Memo“), I have found information suggesting that evidence of Russian involvement in the alleged attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter does not, in fact, exist. You will find this information in a post by a former British diplomat  Craig Murray – here:

as well as in a statement made by the Russian Ministry of Defence here:

Some disturbing facts pointing to the possibility of a false-flag operation, are indicated in the following sources:

I understand that these sources may be labeled as “unofficial” but I would like you to look at the facts included in them rather than at the “letterheads”. Given the seriousness of the British claim and the fact that this (and other similar incidents) may provoke a major global military conflict in which more of our sons and daughters will die, I strongly believe that Canadian public has the right to know, in details, what you, the politicians, are doing on our behalf and what are you basing your decisions on.

Related questions:

1. Was there a debate in the House of Commons on this topic?
2. Was there a vote on this  initiative in the Parliament?
3. If yes, how did you (Filomena Tassi) vote on this issue?

Thank you, in advance, for your time and help in this matter. Please reply with concrete information, not with a standard, general letter that does not specifically answer my questions. I am not a politician.

Respectfully yours,
Lech Biegalski

… [Address in original letter]
Dundas, Ontario
… [Postal code in original letter]

Tel: … [in original letter]
Email: … [in original letter]

Additional supporting facts:

Any qualified political analyst knows that Russia could not benefit from such an attempt and would not use a chemical agent that is traceable back to it. No intelligence agency in the world would leave such fingerprints.

In her statement, the British Prime Minister Theresa May said that:

  • Russia is responsible for the attempted murder of the Skripals because “Novichok” was once developed and manufactured in Russia.
  • Russia has a history of political assassinations;
  • Russian government views defectors as legitimate assassination targets.

In fact, an identical chemical agent, known as A-234, was in late 1990s developed and manufactured in the US.

Furthermore, agent VX, that was used in the assassination of the brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, was in 1950s developed and manufactured in Great Britain. This, however, does not “prove” that Great Britain is responsible for that assassination.

As to the history of political assassinations, Theresa May should initiate a reliable investigation into the 2003 murder of Dr David Kelly, a British scientist and UN weapons inspector, who publicly testified that there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, and therefore using this accusation as an official reason for the invasion of Iraq did not have any merit. –

Additional info:

I have called your constituency office in Hamilton yesterday but they could not answer my questions. They suggested that I call you or Mr. Peter Sullivan at your Ottawa office, instead. I did so and was told that Mr. Sullivan was on the phone and that he would call me back. This was around 10:00 a.m. I then waited till midnight but Mr. Sullivan did not call me back.

I called several times again, this morning, but nobody at your office in Ottawa picked up the phone. I left a message, but nobody called me back. Therefore, I am sending this request via email and I am posting it on the “” website as an “Open Letter to MP Filomena Tassi”, where I will also post your reply, if you respond to my question.


The two official articles, linked to above – ( – and – ), included maps showing that military chemical warfare exercises took place nearby at the time of tyhe alleged attack on Skripals. These maps were later replaced with pictures of soldiers, after the bloggers had raised this issue. These maps can be still viewed in some blogs, for example here: and here: .

Just like in case of Johnson’s deleted Twitter post, what we see here looks like an attempt to delete evidence indicating that this was a false-flag operation and that the UK government is lying.

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7 Responses to Open Letter to Liberal MP Filomena Tassi

  1. Here is a response I just received from MP Filomena Tassi:

    Hello Lech,

    Thank you for your inquiry and thank you for contacting both of my offices.

    I wish to bring to your attention the Minister of Foreign Affairs full response with respect to the expulsion of Russian diplomats in Canada:

    “The nerve agent attack in Salisbury, on the soil of Canada’s close partner and ally, is a despicable, heinous and reckless act, potentially endangering the lives of hundreds.

    “Canada is today taking action against seven Russian personnel. We are expelling four members of Russia’s diplomatic staff, serving either at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada or the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montréal. The four have been identified as intelligence officers or individuals who have used their diplomatic status to undermine Canada’s security or interfere in our democracy. For similar reasons, three applications by the Russian government for additional diplomatic staff in Canada will now be denied. All of these steps have been taken pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

    “We are taking these measures in solidarity with the United Kingdom. These measures are not aimed at the Russian people, with whom Canadians have long and fruitful ties. Canada remains committed to dialogue and cooperation with Russia on issues where we face common challenges.

    “The nerve agent attack represents a clear threat to the rules-based international order and to the rules that were established by the international community to ensure chemical weapons would never again destroy human lives.

    “This is part of a wider pattern of unacceptable behaviour by Russia, including complicity with the Assad‎ regime, the annexation of Crimea, Russian-led fighting in eastern Ukraine, support for civil strife in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and other neighbouring countries, interference in elections, and disinformation campaigns.

    “Canada fervently supports the measures that the United Kingdom has taken so far and remains resolutely committed to acting in concert with its allies.”

    There was no debate or vote in the House of Commons with respect to this decision. However, there was a motion presented to the House on March 19th and it was agreed upon by unanimous consent by all Members of Parliament. The motion was as follow:

    “That the House (a) acknowledge the strength of the ties and values that Canadians and the British people share; (b) condemn in the strongest terms the despicable use of a nerve agent on the sovereign territory of the United Kingdom in the March 4, 2018, chemical attack in Salisbury; (c) recognize that the Russian state bears responsibility for this act and has shown a total disregard for the rules-based international order; (d) call on Russia to co-operate fully with British investigators; and (e) stand in solidarity with the British people and the United Kingdom, a key NATO ally and G7 partner.”

    If you wish more information with respect to the Minister’s decision to expel Russian diplomats, I would suggest you file a formal request under the Access to Information Act. The following is a link about how to file such a request:

    Thank you again for reaching out.

    Kind regards,

    Filomena Tassi, MP
    Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

    • Hello, Ms Tassi,

      I appreciate your prompt reply. I would like to bring to your attention that both the “Minister of Foreign Affairs full response” and the “House motion” of March 19 do not include any evidence that Russia is responsible for this alleged attempt to assassinate the Skripals.

      Furthermore, the Minister’s statement includes serious inaccuracies and I will address them below:

      The staff of embassies usually includes intelligence officers. This is a normal and widely used practice that was in place even during the Cold War. For example, the position of the second secretary of Canadian embassy in Warsaw, Poland is traditionally held by a CSIS officer.

      Russia’s “complicity with the Assad‎ regime” is perfectly legal and justified. It was the actions by the US and the US allies that undermined Syria’s sovereignty based on fabricated pretexts and lies. Today, even the US does not deny that they sponsor and protect the terrorists attempting to destabilize Syria and overthrow its democratically elected government in order to partition this sovereign country. You may notice that Russian military operates in Syria legally, with a consent of the legitimate Syrian government, while the militaries of the US and its allies operate in Syria illegally, without the consent of the Syrian government or a required by international law authorization of the UN Security Council.

      With respect to Crimea, the people of Crimea, in a referendum, decided to part from Ukraine and join Russia. This referendum was a result of an unconstitutional and bloody putsch in Kiev that was admittedly financed and supported by the US and its European allies. It was also a result of threats towards the ethnically Russian population of Ukraine and incidents like the burning alive of peaceful protesters in Odessa by Ukrainian neo-Nazi hooligans. The referendum in Crimea was as legal and binding as the similar 1991 referendum in Kosovo and the 2008 Kosovo Declaration of Independence. The International Court of Justice ruled that the declaration did not violate international law and Western countries, including Canada, happily recognized Kosovo as a sovereign state. The result of the referendum in Crimea was easy to predict, as the majority of Crimea’s citizens are ethnic Russians. Crimea has first declared independence from Ukraine and then joined Russia as an independent entity, not as a part of Ukrainian state. Therefore, by accepting Crimea’s desire to become part of Russia, Russia did not violate the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. In addition, Russia has signed the Budapest Memorandum in the context of a promise made by the US and West Germany that NATO “would not move one inch to the East”, if Russia agrees to the re-unification of Germany. This promise was broken by NATO countries. Separation referendums are perfectly legal, as proven by similar referendums that took place in Quebec, Canada, Ireland, and other countries. Russian volunteers, responding to the request of Crimean authorities, helped secure peaceful and safe voting. There were no casualties, no shots were fired, and no chaos or destabilization resulted from this action.

      In South Ossetia, it was the Georgian army that attacked the local capital Tskhinvali with disproportionate force, bombing its civilian population and killing Russian peace keepers in the process. South Ossetia, which earlier declared independence from Georgia and at that time was a “disputed territory” (like many other such territories around the world), has asked Russia for help.

      As far as I know, there was no Russian military intervention in Moldova in recent times, and there were no casualties caused by the Russian military there.

      You cannot compare the examples given by the Minister to the bloody, criminal and based on a pack of lies wars of conquest conducted by the US after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, starting with former Yugoslavia, then Afghanistan, then Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. In Iraq alone, over one million people died as a result of Western sanctions, the 2003 invasion, as well as the resulting occupation and destruction of the country. I also have not heard the minister complaining about bloody operations and illegal annexation conducted by the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli government in the Gaza Strip and in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

      In conclusion, I would like to offer my help, if historical or political facts in other parts of the world are ever needed by the Canadian government. Once again, I thank you for your reply and wish you all the best in you difficult work in Ottawa.

      Lech Biegalski

    • Dear Ms Tassi,

      Please allow me to share with you my old article from 2015, that includes some later updates. It explains the US policies towards Russia, former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine Libya, and China, as well as all so called “colour revolutions” that “just happened” in Eastern Europe and Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

      Thank you, again, for your time and help. I will follow up with the formal request under the Access to Information Act.

      Lech Biegalski

  2. kznwatch says:

    Brilliant! Thank the good Lord for people like you! Courage and dedication to the truth– to integrity!
    Thought you’d enjoy this piece of the late Robert Parry and then scroll down and view the up to date comments on the Skripal affair below … it gives one hope that people all over the world are increasingly becoming aware of the gross deceptions of the worthless ones who lead us– or should I rather say, and kindly worded too– mislead us.

    • Thank you for your kind comment. I don’t think that my involvement in this matter has much to do with “courage”, “Good Lord”, or even “integrity”. More proper word to use in this context would be “sanity”.
      Thanks for the link. I remember reading this piece some time ago. It is still actual, maybe more now than back then. I will post it here for the readers to see and think about. I hope that normal people understand how bad for everybody a nuclear war between major superpowers would be.

      • kznwatch says:

        Thanks for your response … Never forget that common sense people are clear and critical thinkers — therefore practical and sane people — integrity, therefore spontaneously inherent to who they are–
        which means they embrace and naturally serve the common Good– in harmony with the environment, caring of life and our fragile planet.

        Hence, I said people like you, are an example and inspiration– bring awareness to others of our common plight in their neck of the woods — which when viewed from a higher perspective, the positive energy flow automatically generated through genuine service to others, is powerful beyond the understanding of most– because everything is interconnected! As we know, a small fire has the power to become an unstoppable and raging inferno — in this sense, applied positively as care and compassion for one’s fellows–

        Reminds me of a quote, which I cannot now recall in full, but will search and if I find it– send it to you– but here is what I can remember from it …

        “The flame of Love leaps all boundaries– naught can bar its path!”

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