Published On: Tue, Jul 27th, 2021
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Officials at Risk of Becoming Targets if CSIS Warning of Foreign Interference Threat Ignored, Says Policy Experton July 27, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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An unclassified report by Canada’s lead national security agency warns that foreign state actors use bribery, blackmail, and threats to influence politics—tactics that one Canadian policy expert can personally attest to. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) recently released a 17-page report, titled “Foreign Interference: Threats to Canada’s Democratic Process,” that warned politicians and the public about subversive tactics by foreign states to steer public discourse, policy, and elections to their liking. “Although Canada’s electoral system is strong, foreign interference is a significant threat to the integrity of our democratic institutions, political system, fundamental rights and freedoms, and ultimately, our sovereignty,” the report states. “Examples … include attempts to covertly influence, intimidate, manipulate, interfere, corrupt or discredit individuals, organizations and governments to further the interests of a foreign state.” Marcus Kolga, a senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and head of its DisinfoWatch program, has high praise for the report. “The …

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