Freeland says foreign election meddling in October federal vote is likely

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OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it is likely that malign foreign actors will meddle in Canada’s federal election in October.

In fact, she says it is likely that efforts have already been made by foreign entities to disrupt Canada’s democracy.

Freeland made the remarks in France, while attending a G7 ministers’ meeting.

The G7 is seized with the issue of foreign meddling in democratic countries, and Freeland made the issue a top priority when Canada hosted the bloc last year.

She did not specifically mention Russia, but there were widespread reports about that country interfering in Ukraine’s recent presidential election.

Freeland says Canada has a lot to learn from countries like Ukraine, which is seen as a veritable laboratory for malign Russian cyber meddling and disinformation.