Public inquiry ‘not useful’ to investigate foreign interference, it could harm international relations, national defence, national security, says Wark
Wesley Wark says the government should have taken a more mature approach and outlined what it knows about Chinese interference, how it's been tracked, and the steps it's taking to prevent it. But he also said the focus has been on the 'wrong issues.' Wark says the threat of democratic interference by authoritarian countries like China and Russia are real and longstanding and he says the big dangers from foreign-state actor interference are two-fold.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured March 9, 2023, arriving for a cabinet meeting on the Hill, has asked for a number of national security probes into China's interference with Canadian federal elections. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade