Published On: Fri, Sep 24th, 2021
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China Election Interference Shows Canada’s Dire Need for Foreign Influence Registryon September 24, 2021 at 8:48 pm

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Commentary In April, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service published a report on the security threats facing Canada, concluding that “in 2020, CSIS observed espionage and foreign interference activity at levels not seen since the Cold War.” “China, Russia, and other foreign states continued to covertly gather political, economic, and military information in Canada through targeted threat activities in support of their own state development goals,” the agency said. CSIS has been issuing such warnings for at least the last two decades. Despite promises made by politicians to tackle the threat, our political class has displayed a paralyzing lack of will to take the measures necessary to do so. And the more militant the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) becomes, the worse the problem is going to become for our politics, and most importantly, our communities. During the 2021 election campaign, certain politicians eluded questions around China entirely and reduced them to something …

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