NATO researcher warns of Russian interference in 2019 Canadian election
A leading NATO researcher says Canada should assume Russia will attempt to interfere in the 2019 federal election because that would serve the Kremlin’s purpose of helping destabilize the military alliance.
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.
The federal government has tasked Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould with shoring up the electoral system against foreign meddling.
“We are closely following how our allies are addressing these challenges in their countries to see what solutions may be right for Canada,” Gould’s spokeswoman Jordan Owens said.
“The government of Canada continues to closely monitor foreign threats, including those that may impact the 2019 election and are working hard to ensure that Canadians can continue to trust in our democratic institutions.” – National Newswatch/Canadian Press
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Seriously? Is there nothing those pesky Russians can’t do? So far, after months of investigations and millions of dollars spent, Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections consists of a baker’s dozen of people working in a Russian based troll farm. That’s it. Is that something NATO fears?
If Canadians want to trust their democratic institutions then we need to stick to paper ballots. No online voting. No electronic voting machines. A voter, a paper ballot and a pencil. That is democracy.
You can’t hack a paper ballot. The paper ballot system is not fool proof but they can be counted….and recounted. They are physical. They can be examined. Changing the election results using only paper ballots is much more difficult and harder to disguise. You want to protect Canadian democracy, you keep using paper ballots.
Who wants to move to electronic voting? Stupid people. That’s who.