We can do that ourselves, thank you.

This ongoing concern for foreign countries interfering with our federal election is more of a joke than a threat. It is not that it could not happen, but why bother? What would be the mythical country’s objective? Why would they, for example, prefer one of our leaders over another? This is not something that any country would be so foolish to do for practice.

Frankly, we can screw up this election ourselves without any outside help. As it stands at this juncture, the liberals and the conservatives are doing more damage to each other and themselves than any foreigner could do for them. And the NDP and the greens are warring with each other as well as fighting the older parties for the crumbs from the table.

While the telecom companies love to tell the public that telecommunications just vanish into a cloud to re-emerge some seconds later in another part of the world, the World Wide Web has finite, defined transmission channels that connect the countries of the International Telecommunications Union.

Many Canadians are unaware that Canada is not just a member of what are known as the Five Eyes, the five countries that regularly police material being communicated around the world. Canada originated the capability when it developed the secret Hydra installation on the north shore of Lake Ontario, early in the Second World War. Canada provided the intelligence gathered to the Allies to give them a leg up in winning the war and the Ottawa based Canadian Communications Security establishment of today takes second place to no country in its special telecommunications reading capabilities.

And besides, the only country that would possibly benefit from controlling a Canadian election would be the United States of America. And if congress ever found out that the Trump White House had ordered such manipulations, they would jump on the opportunity to impeach him. Why not? They want to impeach him for something!

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