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?