The Government of Canada believes in vibrant and inclusive representation in the Senate. The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (Independent Advisory Board) plays an important role in ensuring this representation by providing the Prime Minister with non-binding, non-partisan, merit-based recommendations for Senate appointments that meet a high standard of integrity and collaboration.
The Government of Canada recognizes that social media platforms play a meaningful role in promoting a healthy and resilient democracy. However, Canada is not immune from malicious actors who seek to spread disinformation in an attempt to interfere with the outcome of federal elections. As a pillar of Canada’s comprehensive plan to defend Canadian democracy and further strengthen our electoral systems against cyber-enabled and other threats, government officials continue to work with social media platforms on these issues.
The Compendium is a good practice guide to help build global expertise and understanding about effective ways to counter election interference, combining observations from the community into six key areas. The following backgrounder is an overview of the observations from each area.
Citizens of all democracies, including Canada, need to know they can trust and rely on the integrity and security of their democratic institutions and processes. The increased use of the Internet and other technology, while bringing many positive developments, has also led to new cyber-based threats to these institutions, including new forms of foreign interference in elections.
Media representatives are advised that the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, will deliver remarks at an event on Principle 3 of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace.
Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, announced the establishment of the Advisory Group on the Selection of the Next Governor General to assist with the identification of potential candidates to fill the vacant office.
On December 10, 2020, the Government introduced legislation that would temporarily supplement provisions of the Canada Elections Act (the Act) to provide more flexibility to Elections Canada for the safe administration of an election during the pandemic.