Canada, Wexit, and the federal election targeted in Russian disinformation campaign, academics say - 2019-11-03

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F0.png Canada, Wexit, and the federal election targeted in Russian disinformation campaign, academics say November 3, 2019, Zach Laing, Calgary Herald

What academics are calling a Russia-backed propaganda campaign targeted last month's Canadian election, focusing on divisive topics including an Alberta secession movement.

Sputnik, a news agency sponsored by the Russian government and cited by the New York Times of engaging in sharing disinformation, sent a correspondent to Canada to cover some aspects of the country's 43rd general election.

One such article, released the day before the Oct. 21 election that saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau retain office via a minority Parliament, highlighted a separatist movement led by Albertan Peter Downing dubbed Wexit.

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{{cite news | first = Zach | last = Laing | title = Canada, Wexit, and the federal election targeted in Russian disinformation campaign, academics say | url = https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/canada-wexit-and-the-federal-election-targeted-in-russian-disinformation-campaign-academics-say | work = Calgary Herald | date = November 3, 2019 | accessdate = November 5, 2019 }}