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Canada is a target of Russia’s disinformation. Let’s be ready

By Alexandra Chyczij      

A whole-of-government strategy on neutralizing the spread of disinformation must be developed in the lead-up to this year’s election, says one Liberal MP.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was recently singled out in a Russian state-owned news outlet’s story that claimed that Canada’s foreign policy is controlled by ‘Nazi-loving Ukrainians.’ Ms. Freeland has responded to allegations that her grandfather was a Nazi collaborator by saying the claim was part of a Russian disinformation campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

On Jan. 15, CBC’s The National ran a story exposing Russia’s disinformation campaign targeting Canada and the Ukrainian-Canadian community. As Canada’s federal election draws nearer, I believe the Kremlin’s propaganda machine will increasingly target our country with anti-Canadian fabrications in an attempt to sow discord, conflict, and to undermine our democratic institutions.

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