April 13th, 2024

Interference inquiry must walk very fine line on secrecy, transparency: commissioner

By The Canadian Press on March 27, 2024.

Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc scans the room as he appears as a witness at the Public Inquiry Into Foreign Interference in Federal Election Processes and Democratic Institutions, Friday, February 2, 2024 in Ottawa. Members of diaspora communities are expected to testify today as a federal inquiry begins two weeks of hearings into foreign meddling allegations and how the government responded to them.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – The head of an inquiry into foreign interference says the need for secrecy about the sensitive subject has not hindered her work to date.

Commissioner Marie-Josée Hogue cautions, however, that the inquiry must walk a very fine line in balancing confidentiality and the desire for transparency.

Hogue’s remarks come as the commission begins two weeks of hearings into foreign meddling allegations and how the federal government responded to them.

The hearings will focus on possible interference by China, India, Russia and others in the last two general elections.

Members of diaspora communities are slated to appear later today.

The inquiry expects to hear from dozens of people, including community members, political party representatives and federal election officials.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2024.

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