She’s got it exactly right

Licia Corbella, writing, about a week ago, in the Calgary Herald, says that “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!  … [but] … So are U.S. oil interests disguised as environmental concern. They’re coming to influence and interfere with our federal election and the Trudeau government has finally responded with the legislative equivalent of a toothless poodle.” In fact, my guess is that some people in the Trudeau campaign team actually welcome them.

She explains that “On Wednesday,” that’s over a week ago, now, “the feds unveiled new measures designed to strengthen the protection of Canada’s electoral system from foreign meddling. However, it looks like they’re leaving out the biggest threat — foreign funding in our elections — which had a material impact on the outcome of our 2015 federal election, in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s favour. That’s a significant point that Team Trudeau and too many in the Canadian media try to skate around because that’s why some in the Trudeau camp actually welcome foreign interference: it helps elect Liberals or, at the very least, it aims to defeat Conservatives.

One of the new initiatives,” Ms Corbella says, “has an unwieldy name — the Critical Election Incident Public Protocol — that the government says “lays out a simple, clear and impartial process by which Canadians should be notified of a threat to the integrity of the 2019 General Election.” It includes cyber attacks, hacking of emails, fake news reports on social media platforms and the like … [and, further, she says] … Karina Gould, the minister of democratic institutions, Ralph Goodale, the minister of public safety, and Harjit Sajjan, the minister of national defence, pointed to examples of foreign meddling and told reporters that one-fifth of the tweets in the last month of the U.S. presidential election were generated by bots. International security agencies say the U.K.’s Brexit referendum was fraught with disinformation and then there’s the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data scandal. Both logo-tidesinternational and Canadian intelligence services say Canada is not immune to such threats.” Nothing really wrong with that, as far as it goes, except, of course that ignores the bigger threat posed by e.g. the Tides Foundation, which is trying to shut down Canada’s energy sector, and Leadnow, which organizes broadly anti-conservative campaigns.

The counter this threat she says that “the government is establishing a supposedly non-partisan, five-member panel of senior bureaucrats to inform candidates, election officials and groups if they have been a target of an attack.” But, Licia Corbella writes, “what’s bizarre about this is the government is not mandating that Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites proactively work to block bots from posting fake news. Rather, the feds are just asking these increasingly suspect platforms for their good will and only plan to inform Canadians after the damage to an election has already occurred or is occurring … [and she notes that] …  Stephanie Kusie, the federal Conservative’s democratic reform critic and the MP for Calgary Midnapore, says detecting cyber attacks is as difficult as detecting free radicals or radiation: “You know it’s out there, but you don’t know how it’s coming at you … [and, she added] … There was significant foreign interference in our 2015 federal election and it’s expected to increase significantly as we approach 2019, so we have to be ready.”

Ms Kusie is right, Ms Corbella says, and she adds, “There is overwhelming evidence that the Tides Foundation — headquartered in San Francisco and New York — donated $1.5 million to nine Canadian third parties (left-wing not-for-profit groups) for the 2015 federal election … [and] … In its own report entitled: Defeating Harper, Leadnow, one of the recipients of this foreign money, used costly polling to help determine the left-of-centre candidate most likely to beat the Conservative candidate in a particular riding … [they said] … “The Conservatives were defeated in 25 out of the 29 ridings and . . . in the seats the Conservatives lost, our recommended candidate was the winner 96 per cent of the time,” Leadnow boasts in the report … [ if those 25 seats had gone to the CPC rather than the Liberals then the Liberals would have had only a minority government (with 159 seats rather than 184)  in 2015, but] … Leadnow insists the U.S. money — which made up one-quarter of its funding —  was not used in its Vote Together campaign.Leadnow‘s current campaigns are still aimed at defeating fiscally responsible candidates in selected ridings and at “land-locking” Canadian natural gas and oil so that we must sell our resources to the Americans at a discount rather than to the world at fair market prices. Whose interests are they serving? Not Canadians’, it seem to me.

Ms Corbella cites Senator Linda Frum, whose very sensible amendment aimed at strengthening Bill C-76 by correcting “one large hole — the possibility that a foreign group can use a single, token Canadian member to qualify as a Canadian third party under the law,” was voted down, without debate, by the Liberals. Further, former Election Canada chief, Jean Pierre Kingsley, said that ““We simply cannot allow any kind of money that is not Canadian to find its way into the Canadian electoral system. That backdoor must be slammed shut.”” But, as Licia Corbella says, “Bill C-76 leaves the door open … [and] … Third parties that receive foreign money will not be barred from involving themselves in our elections as long as the money is received six months prior to the writ being dropped. Meanwhile, MPs and Canadian political parties must adhere to strict spending limits.”  Of course, those third parties are strong supporters of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and of Elizabeth May’s Greens, and, equally, ferocious opponents of anyone who is even remotely Conservative, or of any party that dares to support e.g. industrial workers.

Licia Corbella also cites, as haveI, “B.C. researcher Vivian Krause [who] has revealed, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has paid many millions of dollars since 2007 to Corporate Ethics to launch the Tar Sands Campaign, which then distributes those funds to Canadian environmental groups … and she adds] … the useful idiots helping the Rockefellers get richer and Canadians poorer … [and Licia Corbella quotes them (Corporate Ethics) as saying] … “From the very beginning, the campaign strategy was to land-lock the tar sands so their crude could not reach the international market where it could fetch a high price per barrel,” boasted Michael Marx, the executive director of Corporate Ethics. “It also played a role in helping to unseat the Conservative Party in Alberta and nationally,” he wrote. Since my Jan. 17 column on this,” Ms Corbella wrote, “Marx has removed those sentences from CorpEthics.org, but Krause captured them.

There seems little doubt that the Trudeau regime is going to go after a few Chinese and Russian hackers but will totally ignore the big money that Americans ‘invest’ in keeping the Liberal Party of Canada in power and, consequentially, in keeping Canadian oil out of the world market and, equally, destroying the jobs of hard working Canadians.

 

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