Serious national security threats including violent extremism and foreign interference increased substantially in Canada in 2020. This included foreign espionage during the COVID pandemic.
In fact, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, CSIS states that foreign meddling has not been this prevalent since the Cold War. They and other security firms are especially warning the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. With Canadians working from home cyber security vulnerabilities have increased and foreign governments are exploiting Canadian intellectual property especially in vaccine development and virus research. In fact, China promotes academic exchanges with Canada in the sciences and technology sectors so that Canadian funded intellectual property returns to China with the exchange ‘student’.
Foreign governments are also recruiting assets to infiltrate political parties by joining parties, volunteering in campaign offices and attending nomination parties. The Canadian government and individuals have become much more vulnerable to foreign exploitation and manipulation and its naive not to take it very seriously. Government infiltration and the stealing of biopharmaceutical intellectual property can destabilise us as a country and globally especially when we’re at a stage when biological warfare can be almost undetectable.