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Foreign influence in our elections is real, so what are we doing about it?

By Andrew Caddell      

A recent CSIS report says the agency has ‘observed persistent and sophisticated state-sponsored threat activity targeting elections for many years now and continues to see a rise in its frequency and sophistication.’

CSIS, under current director David Vigneault, is warning of the threat of foreign influence. But a decade has passed, and Canadians are wiser about the threats posed by Russia and, of course, China, writes Andrew Caddell. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

MONTREAL—They say an election is in the air. Certainly, everyone in the political game seems to be ready for the writs to be dropped. Promises are abounding, rallies are being held, the leaders are everywhere. Yes, it smells of an election.

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Conservative call for ethics probes ‘entirely to script,’ making character a ballot box question, say strategists

News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Matt Horwood
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Green Party targets Prince Edward Island seats in rare campaign trip by leader Annamie Paul

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News|By Alice Chen
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News|By Alice Chen
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International students struggle to come to Canada amid COVID-19 variant concerns, says Universities Canada president

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Trades worker shortage getting worse as politicians promise more construction

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