Staff from PM’s office to testify at foreign interference inquiry

OTTAWA — Staff from the Prime Minister’s Office are set to speak today at the public inquiry into foreign interference in Canada’s elections.

The testimony comes a day after the inquiry saw a briefing document prepared for the PMO stating China meddled in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections. 

The document from Canada’s spy agency says it knew China “clandestinely and deceptively interfered” in those elections.

It says in 2021, Chinese foreign interference activities were very likely motivated by a perception the Conservative Party of Canada’s campaign platform was anti-China.

The commission will hear from the PMO’s Katie Telford, Jeremy Broadhurst, Brian Clow and Patrick Travers a day before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears Wednesday.

Senior government officials who monitored election threats told the commission Monday that incidents during those campaigns didn’t meet the threshold to issue a public warning.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 9, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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Katie Telford, chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arrives for a meeting of the Liberal Caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 14, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang