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Canada Vivian Krause: Obama wasn't the only American interfering in the Canadian election

16:30  22 october  2019
16:30  22 october  2019 Source:   financialpost.com

Obama weighs in on federal election, urges Canadians to vote Trudeau

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Paul Chiasson/ The Canadian Press. Obama is certainly not the only former national leader spending his retirement stumping for the politicians and causes he believes Scheer wasn ’ t interfering in the British vote, not in any real sense. He was expressing his opinion on a domestic matter that has global

On Tuesday, American intelligence chiefs warned the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia appears to be preparing to repeat in the 2018 midterm elections the same full-on chicanery it unleashed in 2016: hacking, leaking, social media manipulation and possibly more.

US President Barack Obama (R)and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)© Getty US President Barack Obama (R)and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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Barack Obama’s tweet in support of Justin Trudeau wasn’t the only outside influence in the 2019 election. In eight battleground ridings, Leadnow, a Vancouver non-profit with roots in the United States, was busy helping to try to defeat Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives. According to emails sent to anyone who subscribes, Leadnow made 150,000 phone calls, and in Greater Toronto, it ran radio ads against the Conservatives.

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Apparently Obama has campaign advisors in Canada working with the NDP and Liberals in an attempt to oust Stephen Harper - a staunch supporter of Israel and one against Putin (who the US is working along side now in Syria). I do predict that Conservatives will be voted out

Further clarification from Elections Canada in an email added ” A foreign citizen speaking at an event organized in Canada does not by itself constitute an instance of undue foreign influence under the Act. Regarding Obama ’s interference in the Canadian Election .

Leadnow is one of the lead organizations in a Rockefeller-funded international effort called The Tar Sands Campaign that aims to land-lock oil and natural gas from Western provinces, keeping Canada out of the global oil market. Leadnow has organized protests against all of the pipeline projects that have been scrapped or stalled: Northern Gateway, Keystone XL, Energy East and Trans Mountain as well as Woodfibre LNG and the Coastal Gaslink project in northern B.C.

Trudeau sidesteps questions about Obama endorsement

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Canadians are heading to the polls to vote in a general election , with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals hoping to hold on to their majority. The left-wing party has seen a late surge in the polls - as has the sovereignist Bloc Quebecois in Quebec, the only province where it runs candidates.

Canada has 21 registered political parties, but most are fringe and only six have party leaders running as candidates in this election cycle. He is also battling accusations that he intervened in the prosecution of a Quebec engineering firm on corruption charges.

In eight ridings, Leadnow did door-knocking and helped to get out the vote for specific candidates. For the NDP: Taylor Bachrach, Skeena-Bulkley Valley; Matthew Green, Hamilton Centre; Daniel Blaikie, Elmwood Transcona; and Paul Taylor, Parkdale-High Park. For the Green party: Anna Keenan in Malpeque and Darcie Lanthier in Charlottetown. And for the Liberals: Lenore Zann in Cumberland-Colchester. Leadnow also did door-knocking and helped get the vote out for independent candidate Jody Wilson-Raybould.

During the 2015 federal election, Leadnow was also active with a strategic voting campaign to defeat Conservatives in 29 swing ridings. All but five were defeated.

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"The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election . The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing.

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.). Good evening. Here’s the latest. Image. CreditRonen Zvulun/Reuters. 1. The Israeli prime minister conceded coalition talks to his rival. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, above, gave up his attempt at forming a government

Online and in the media, Leadnow has portrayed itself as a thoroughly Canadian youth movement, the brainchild of two university students, Adam Shedletzky and Jamie Biggar. But that is not the whole story.

Leadnow was created as part of the Strategic Incubation program of the Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL), a charitable foundation in Oakland, Calif. The CEL created and funded a project called the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN).

In its 2015 annual report, OPEN’s executive director, Ben Brandzel, bragged that OPEN ran “a Canadian campaign that moved the needle during the 2015 national election, contributing greatly to the ousting of the Conservative Harper government.” On the basis of that and other evidence, I (and others) made detailed submissions about Leadnow to Elections Canada. After a 17-month investigation during 2017 and 2018, nothing illegal was found.

In 2011, Brandzel came to Canada and helped launch Leadnow. For years, his Facebook profile said, perhaps jokingly, “I can see the Golden Gate from one house and the Washington Monument from the other. And I spend a lot of time interloping in the affairs of foreign nations.” Shortly after Elections Canada opened its investigation, that sentence was removed.

Obama isn't interfering in Canada's election, but why did he speak up at all?

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Canada ’s elections are coming up on October 21, and the country is in a bit of a tizzy. Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is still reeling from the uncovering of On what passes for the Canadian right, the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer are still putting in a mostly underwhelming performance in a

How is Russia interfering with American elections ? Russia is trying to spread propaganda on hot-button issues using social media, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, has The agencies have also monitored networks in the United States to try to detect information campaigns as they begin.

a close up of a sign: A resident enters a polling station in Toronto on Monday.© Cole Burston/Bloomberg A resident enters a polling station in Toronto on Monday.

U.S. tax returns show that during its early years, OPEN received US$257,000 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the same Rockefeller charity that provided the seed funding and continues to fund the co-ordination of The Tar Sands Campaign against Canadian oil.

Ironically, the effect of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s activism is not to reduce overall world oil production but to shift more of that production to the American monopoly that has Canada over a barrel. By scaring investors away from Canada, activism is diverting billions of investment dollars into the U.S. where the oil industry is booming.

Who funds Leadnow? That’s a mystery since Leadnow has not made public any of its financial statements since 2016. Financial statements for 2013-2015 show that Leadnow had total revenue of $3.7 million over three years.

Leadnow has said that it is funded by at least 2,000 Canadian donors. But how did Leadnow get those donors? Stratcom, a company with close ties to the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, says it generated Leadnow’s initial cohort of 1,800 donors. The Tides Foundation is the hub of The Tar Sands Campaign, and has made more than 400 payments to at least 100 organizations involved in the U.S., Canada and in Europe.

COMMENTARY: Barack Obama — and other non-Canadians — should stay out of our election

  COMMENTARY: Barack Obama — and other non-Canadians — should stay out of our election With all due respect to Barack Obama, he should butt out of Canada's federal election, says Rob Breakenridge.I don’t doubt that Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau have shared ideology, a mutual admiration and perhaps even a friendship of sorts. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the former is rooting for the latter to prevail in Canada’s federal election (well, maybe a little surprising, given the latter’s blackface scandals).

On Thursday, Barack Obama ’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, said he shared the view of US intelligence officials that Putin had directly authorised the hack. German politicians have expressed fears that the Kremlin may try to interfere in Angela Merkel’s re- election bid in 2017.

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Who is OPEN, the U.S. organization that is behind Leadnow?

OPEN calls itself a “business to business” (“B2B”) organization. According to Brandzel, OPEN intentionally keeps a “very low public profile” because, as he puts it, “the political implications of an international association can be sensitive in some of the countries in which we work.” No kidding. What OPEN does should be illegal during elections.

OPEN’s member groups “connect virtually through thousands of messages every month and live web seminars.” “We gather physically at regular global and regional summits and through international staff exchanges. Over 120 such visits have occurred since 2014,” OPEN says.

Photos show that in 2012, Leadnow went to a strategic planning retreat with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York. In January of 2016, Leadnow’s Amara Possian attended an OPEN summit in Australia where Leadnow won an award for its 2015 campaign to help defeat the Conservatives. Logan McIntosh, Leadnow’s executive director, went to Australia during its 2016 election and worked with Get-Up, another member of OPEN.

According to OPEN’s website, Leadnow is still a member and yet in all Leadnow’s tweets and Facebook posts, there is not one single mention of OPEN.

Let’s be clear: there’s nothing wrong with Leadnow being part of an international network of progressive organizations. But, no pun intended, this needs to be out in the open.

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Vivian Krause is a Vancouver-based researcher and writer. Her latest project is a film, Over a Barrel, about the U.S. funding behind anti-pipeline activism and its negative impacts, especially in First Nations communities.

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