Canada accuses Russia and China of election interference

The Prime Minister of Canada. Justin Trudeau accuses Russia and China of trying to interfere in the country’s democracy and calls for new investigations.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced a package of measures, including the appointment of an independent special rapporteur, to shed light on allegations of Chinese interference in the last two federal elections.

This rapporteur, who will be appointed shortly, will be responsible for “to make expert recommendations on the protection of our democracy”, said Justin Trudeau, adding that he has also appointed two commissions to investigate foreign interference.

This announcement comes as the opposition parties have been calling for an independent public inquiry into this issue for several days.

One of the first tasks of the special rapporteur will be to advise the government on the next steps to take, including possible public consultation.

“Whether it’s an investigation or a judicial review, we will comply with their recommendation,” Trudeau said, calling the attempted interference “worrying” and “serious.”

The Prime Minister has also instructed MPs and Senators from the House National Security and Intelligence Committee to launch a new specialized investigation into foreign interference in elections.

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