June 13th, 2024

CSIS prepped briefing on China’s election meddling, documents at inquiry show

By Stephanie Taylor and Dylan Roberston, The Canadian Press on April 8, 2024.

The public inquiry studying alleged meddling in Canada's most recent elections will hear from the prime minister's national security adviser today. Nathalie Drouin appears as a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – A briefing document from Canada’s spy agency presented before Monday’s public inquiry into foreign interference says it knew China “clandestinely and deceptively interfered” in the past two federal votes.

The heavily redacted six-page document from February 2023 – labelled “Briefing to the Prime Minister’s Office on foreign interference threats to Canada’s democratic institutions” – emerged during today’s hearing at the public inquiry into foreign interference.

Earlier, senior government officials who monitored threats during the 2021 and 2019 elections testified that their intelligence did not meet the high threshold for warning Canadians.

The document was prepared by CSIS following anonymous leaks to the media in the fall of 2022 about foreign interference allegations.

The document says the agency took the leaks “extremely seriously” because they posed a “direct threat” to the integrity of operations.

It also notes that in 2021, Chinese foreign interference activities were likely prompted by a Conservative campaign platform that was perceived as anti-China.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2024.

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