Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Are the Russians Coming For You in 2019?

The Globe reports that a NATO researcher is warning the Russians plan to do what they do best and meddle in Canada's 2019 federal election.

The allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as its attempts to disrupt votes in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, among other countries, makes Canada a natural target, Janis Sarts, the director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence said in an interview.

Russia is attracted to Canada because destabilizing it would "undermine the cohesion" of the broader NATO alliance. Moreover, it could serve to undermine Canadian policy in Europe, he said.

It would also allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to project strength inside his country by showing that "other countries are afraid of Russia," said Sarts, who testified last year at the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference.

"The moment somebody can question the integrity of the elections and the election result, democracy is in trouble," Sarts said.

Don't fret. The Trudeau government has democratic institutions minister, Karina Gould, all over this.  She'll see to it that there'll be none of this Russian hanky panky during the 2019 vote. There, doesn't that put your mind at ease?


Anonymous said...

Bah, Vlad Putin, Pierre Poutine. We've seen it before. It might help if Justin got round to repealing all those sleazeball laws that Stevie passed to eviscerate Elections Canada. But even that looks like too heavy a lift for Mr. Electoral Reform.


Hugh said...

Last year it was 'Clean Growth'.

This year it's 'Gender Equality Growth'.

As long as there's infinite growth, it doesn't matter.

Owen Gray said...

Vlad is not distributing the milk of human kindness. Cavet Emptor.

e.a.f. said...

don't know who Gould is and it doesn't make me feel better. what would make me feel better is if Elections Canada was back to where it once was, had a large staff, the latest tech stuff and laws which out lawed any and all outside interference with our elections and revoked the "win" of any one caught playing with outsiders because its just not Vlad and the boys, Its that Pres. of China and some of his friends also and don't forget our friends just south of us.

Trailblazer said...

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!!
But a quick change from The Reds are coming the reds are coming!!
Nothing like a little hysteria or FEAR to make our day of blogging!!