Inside Policy, June 2019: Free and Fair?

OTTAWA, ON (June 28, 2019): In October, Canadians will be going to the polls in our upcoming federal election. We can likely expect foreign interference through disinformation and cyber attacks, similar to what other democracies have recently faced. In our cover story, Marcus Kolga looks at the Kremlin’s possible intrusion in our electoral process, and J. Michael Cole paints a worrisome picture of Beijing’s possible interference.

The possibility of Chinese interference has become particularly acute following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in December 2018. As noted by Charles Burton, this has set off a diplomatic storm between the two countries. Canada needs to be astute in dealing with China, which as Amy Lai reminds us is still the regime that killed thousands at Tiananmen Square.

Kolga, Gary Caroline and Chris MacLeod point to the use of targeted sanctions as a means to force China to free our political prisoners. And, as noted by Brian Lee Crowley, we should remain wary of a possible free trade agreement once this crisis finally ends. J. Berkshire Miller points to the historic re-election of Narendra Modi in India as a good opportunity to re-engage and reset its approach to the other rising power in the Indo-Pacific.

This issue of Inside Policy also deals with other pressing foreign policy issues. Kaveh Shahrooz and Shuvaloy Majumdar make the case for why Iran’s IRGC should be viewed as a terrorist organization, while Balkan Devlen explains the dangers of Turkey’s tilt towards Russia.

Domestic issues will also be an important factor in these elections. Sean Speer argues for a more targeted approach to pharmacare. Speer and Robert Asselin examine competitiveness in today’s innovative economy, while Linda Nazareth looks at what she calls Industry 4.0. The IP protections afforded by the USMCA should also be commended, as noted by Richard Owens, Stephen Ezell, and Alberto Saracho.

The natural resource economy should not be forgotten. As noted by Sharleen Gale, First Nations could significantly benefit from advances in the oil and gas sector. Joseph Quesnel points to the mining potential of the Ring of Fire in Ontario, and also sees the value of unlocking home ownership for Indigenous communities.

Lastly, Ken Coates writes about the need to take out partisanship in Indigenous affairs, while Coates and Crowley comment that the goal of Indigenous autonomy should not be discounted.

To read the articles in full, check out our June issue of Inside Policy here.

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