The former director of the CIA says Canada should be concerned about potential interference, Russian or otherwise, in the fast-approaching 2019 federal election. “I think any democracy these days needs to be concerned about foreign interference in their elections,” said John Brennan in an exclusive interview with Evan Solomon on CTV’s Question Period. “Canada, like other countries in Europe and throughout the world, need to be mindful that there are individuals in countries out there that are going to try to do them harm, including in their electoral systems,” he said.
To prepare, Brennan said it’s important that Canada hardens its electoral system, identify its vulnerabilities, and protect critical infrastructure — something he described as a multi-year effort.
This threat is something the federal government says it’s looking into, but so far has been light on details of how that will come together.
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has been mandated to work with the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Public Safety to protect Canada’s electoral system from foreign threats and hackers.