CSIS warns of increasingly sophisticated state-sponsored activity targeting elections
|CTVnews 22 Jul 2021 at 15:26|
OTTAWA -- The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says it continues to observe steady, and in some cases increasing, foreign interference by state actors against Canada.
For instance, CSIS sees social media being leveraged to spread disinformation or run foreign influenced campaigns designed to confuse or divide public opinion, or interfere in healthy public debate.
The service warns that although Canada s electoral system is strong, foreign interference can erode trust and threaten the integrity of the country s democratic institutions, political system, fundamental rights and freedoms, and ultimately, its sovereignty.
The spy service s warning comes amid speculation Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will pull the plug on the minority Parliament in coming weeks, sending Canadians to the polls.
CSIS is a member of the Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections task force, which co-ordinates efforts to protect federal elections.