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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is emphasizing that federal elections have not been compromised by recent foreign interference.

Heading into Tuesday’s cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill, Mr. Trudeau made a point of stopping to talk about the issue and take media questions.

Mindful of a pattern of increased interference in Canadian affairs by foreign powers, he said an independent body of top security officials and civil servants was established for the 2019 and 2021 elections to make sure there were no attempts at interference by foreign powers. Mr. Trudeau appeared to be referring to an organization whose work is detailed here.

“We saw — whether it was the Trump election, whether the Macron election, there are foreign powers trying to make outcomes happen in these elections,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t happen in Canada.”

In particular on interference, he mentioned China, Iran and Russia.

He said the independent, rigorous, responsible body reported that “the integrity of our elections was not compromised.”

Mr. Trudeau added, “As part of those briefings, as part of all the security briefings I have on a regular basis on a wide range of subjects, including the interference into the affairs of our country by other countries, there has never been any information given to me on the funding of federal candidates by China.”

There have been reports earlier this month suggesting intelligence officials suspected China of meddling in the 2019 election. Mr. Trudeau discussed his concerns about Chinese interference in Canada with China’s President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the recent Group of 20 meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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