1. To ignore what #AndrewScheer represents, is to ignore the serious threat Canada is facing in this coming election. & it is a serious threat. Let's begin with a past tweet from Scheer. #cdnpoli #Brexit
Why is this #Scheer #Brexit tweet important? Because by all markers assessed by experts in the field, Brexit was a malign influence operation, fueled by #DarkMoney. foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/… #cdnpoli
3. Russia has played a major role in helping to elect right wing chaos agents: Trump, #BorisJohnson, #ViktorOrban & others across Europe. In 2015 the US treasury department estimated $300B is laundered annually into the US via a variety of #DarkMoney sources.
4. Other estimates have stated that Russian private holdings abroad are between approx $800B & $1.3 TRILLION. The resources held by oligarchs, tycoons & businessmen & Putin linked Russian companies, represent a vast sum available for use in #DarkMoney & influence operations.
5. Regulations have failed to keep pace with what #MalignInfluenceOperations seek to exploit. The very freedoms that we hold dear in a #democracy, have been used against us to install right wing governments in the service of dismantling democratic systems. docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA…
6. Shell companies, LLCs, are another means by which #DarkMoney malign influence operations can fund 3rd party front groups like #CanadaProud #OntarioStrong #SaskatchewanProud etc. Establishing shell companies in 🇨🇦provinces is also how provincial right wing parties are "helped"
7. "How easy is it to buy a secret shell company in Canada? Very." macleans.ca/news/canada/ho… #cdnpoli #ONpoli #BCpoli #ABleg #StopScheer
8.The EU has developed a rapid alert system among member states that shares real time info about what they are seeing in their information eco-system, in order to spot trends of malign influence via #FakeNews & other forms of disinformation. However, it's self regulatory.
9. Canada doesn't have an up-to-date response re recent disinformation & propaganda campaigns aimed at installing a #Scheer gov't. Nefarious actors using skillful manipulation rely on #cdnmedia & social media to disseminate divisive & polarizing narratives more than #FakeNews.
10. #DarkMoney financing of front groups on a provincial level prior to restriction periods on 3rd parties, is a way of bypassing Canadian election laws. Including recently strengthened laws. ttps://www.blakesbusinessclass.com/important-changes-third-parties-canada-elections-act/
11. It is an uphill battle enacting legislation to combat a global problem of malign foreign influence operations. Especially once a government is installed that welcomes such "help" in achieving power. The federal Liberals have mounted a national effort, but will it be enough?
12. "Genuine journalism must now compete with content that mimics it & dresses deceit in a cloak of credibility, while society must adapt to a world in which fact & falsehood are increasingly difficult to tell apart," - Canada Public Policy Forum report.
13. It’s important to note that election interference is but one aspect of malign influence operations. They begin long before any given Election Day, & they continue long after. #cdnpoli #ONpoli #BCpoli #ABleg #USpoli #UKpoli
14. @mikercarpenter, summarizes 3 main types of malign influence operations: information operations, elite infiltration & destabilizing operations. Could #MoscowMitch’s new aluminum deal w/ oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s #Rusal be a case of elite infiltration?
15. Another important point to note: Russian #ActiveMeasures & other malign foreign influence campaigns from other state actors, no longer rely on bots & #FakeNews. That is old tech. While still utilizing these tools, influence campaigns have evolved & expanded their toolbox.
16. Content pushed by Russia’s Internet Research Agency & the like, isn’t only about false information. it is about nefarious actors using manipulative behaviour, eg utilizing specific legitimate media content to hone a specific desired narrative that wld then influence #cdnmedia
17. #AndrewScheer refusing to release his donor list is highly significant. #DarkMoney funding of political campaigns is one of the key components of how malign influence operations gain elite infiltration within influential &/or polarizing political organizations. #cdnpoli
I’m attaching this earlier thread here, as they are related threads. 🇨🇦democracy (such as it is) is under attack & has been for some time now. It is incumbent on all of us to stop these forces on the right, if we care about a livable society.
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