The “Russian government” as alleged, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the goal of harming the campaign of Hillary Clinton, boosting the candidacy of Donald Trump, and increasing political and social discord in the United States.
Were they successful?
Aye, Donald Trump was elected, U.S foreign relationship suffers day by day, open racism is growing, anti-Semitic assaults in the United States more than doubled in 2018 and anti-Semitic incidents overall remain near all-time highs, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.
According to the NBC News Survey Monkey poll in 2017, 64 percent said racism remains a major problem in America. Though Thirty percent agreed that racism exists today, but it isn’t a major problem.
Election interference has always come with a prize and its purpose is never in the best interest of the country’s citizens. There is a big chunk at the expense of the citizens in it for the interfering party.
Meanwhile in Canada
Interfering in US election was a long planned out process, which took years, the same set of tactics has been seen in motion in Canada. As Canada’s federal Election is around the Corner, these has happened:
Unfaced social media accounts has increased massively to suppress voters enthusiasm by harassing the incumbent Prime Minister on social media
Hecklers has been on rampage in Canada Lately. it was founded that Americans were paid by foreign entities to set up protest in US before the 2016 Election with the goal to suppress voters enthusiasm.
Propaganda are spread on social media daily even by opposition party, recently it was a doctored video by the Conservatives party. 3 months ago, a four day old website published a defamation article on the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Within 3 hours, the article has been shared 3000 times on Facebook, with over 20k impression and counting, other social media platforms were not accounted for. A day later, AFP published a factcheck story debunking it to be false.
There has been series of leak of privileged informations in the past months, which is unprecedented in Canada.
At that same time, there is a spike in Hate Crime in Canada. After steady but relatively small increases since 2014, hate crime in Canada rose sharply in 2017, up 47% over the previous year. This could also be accountable to opposition leader appearing with hate-breed organizations and personalties. Hate crimes targeting the Black population accounted for 16% of all hate crimes in Canada, and remained the most common type of race or ethnicity related hate crime.
Interfering entity always pick a candidate that would favour its agenda in the country. The best way to weaken a country is to choose it’s leadership, and expedite its growth of division.
Canada has been undidived by foreign power, Canada stands up to tyrants and stand for human rights across the world, Canada stand against racism and bigotry and after this election Canada could as well be the only leading country that stood its ground with foreign power and prevail.
Going forward, Canada needs informed-citizens that are keen on the facts in policy debate and not propaganda. If not, there are possibilities that you could be helping a foreign power conquered your country.