The last few years have seen unprecedented political developments in the United States.
Donald Trump has ushered in a new regime of demagoguery, xenophobia, racism, and economic protectionism. The president has undermined the very tenets of public decorum, the rule of law, and international cooperation.
But the issue that has dominated American media every single day since his election concerns something much greater in consequence: the very security of democratic elections.
Evidence proves that interference from the Russian state on social media and lobbying groups helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election despite Trump's claims to the contrary.
The Rigged Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on as the “originators and founders” of this scam continue to be fired and demoted for their corrupt and illegal activity. All credibility is gone from this terrible Hoax, and much more will be lost as it proceeds. No Collusion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2018
As special counsel Robert Mueller investigates this breach of sovereignty, experts and officials are concerned that not enough is being done to prevent such interference again.
Indeed, Russian agents and 'bots' are already at work to 'hack' the 2018 federal elections in the United States.
Many assumed Canada was safe from such direct attacks.
But according to the CBC and Canadian Elections Commissioner Yves Côté, that is not the case.
Canadian elections are, indeed, susceptible to foreign interference.
Social media, in particular, is an effective tool for foreign powers looking to influence the Canadian electorate.
While Canadians view their country as a rather benign state actor, it plays a key role in the integrity of North American and NATO cooperation.
Efforts to remove Canada from those roles could have grave consequences for the Western alliance.
Officials are mostly focused on the federal elections next year. There's no word about whether provincial elections in Quebec this year are also vulnerable.
In the meantime, Canadian citizens should remain critical of the media and rhetoric they consume.