Government of Canada sets out the requirements to implement the Critical Election Incident Public Protocol
“Canada’s democratic institutions have to be prepared to face incidents similar to those we have seen in other elections around the world. The Critical Election Incident Public Protocol will ensure that Canadians are alerted if an incident is deemed to jeopardise their right to a free and fair election. This, combined with the various measures announced earlier this year, will allow us to uphold the trust and confidence that Canadians have in their democracy.
‑ Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions
On January 30, 2019, the Government of Canada unveiled a plan to safeguard Canada’s election.
The plan includes initiatives under four pillars:
- Enhancing citizen preparedness
- Improving organizational readiness
- Combatting foreign interference
- Expecting social media platforms to act
In December 2018, Parliament passed Bill C-76, the Elections Modernization Act, which includes measures to make the electoral process more secure and transparent, including by requiring major online platforms to maintain a publicly-available registry of partisan advertising.
In May 2019, Minister Gould announced the Canada Declaration for Electoral Integrity Online, which sets out responsibilities for both the digital media platforms and the Government of Canada to help safeguard this fall’s election and to support healthy political discourse and open public debate online.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions
Privy Council Office
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