Critical Election Incident Public Protocol

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Critical Election Incident Public Protocol


  • Government of Canada becomes aware of an election interference attempt in the election during the writ period.

Sharing information

  • Heads of national security agencies brief the Critical Election Incident Response Panel:
  • Clerk of the Privy Council
  • National Security and Intelligence Advisor
  • Deputy ministers of Justice Canada, Public Safety & Global Affairs Canada

Assessing threat

  • If the panel finds that there is a substantial threat to a free and fair election:
  • Inform the Prime Minister, political party officials and Elections Canada of the incident and that a press conference will be held.

Public announcement Canadians are informed of:

  • what is known about the incident; and
  • any steps they should take to protect themselves.

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