Countries around the world are grappling with how to identify and prevent a host of new threats to the integrity of their elections and democratic systems. With the next general election around the corner in Canada, is our policy framework up to the task of dealing with the deliberate spread of false information?

We put this question to three experts: Elizabeth Dubois (University of Ottawa), Jennifer McGuire (CBC News) and Taylor Owen (Max Bell School of Public Policy). They spoke with Policy Options editor-in-chief Jennifer Ditchburn at our pre-election breakfast on May 7, held in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy and sponsored by CBC and Microsoft.

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Photo: Jennifer Ditchburn, Elizabeth Dubois, Taylor Owen and Jennifer McGuire speak at the Rideau Club in Ottawa at Policy Options’ pre-election breakfast on electoral integrity and disinformation on May 7. By IRPP/Shirley Cardenas

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Elizabeth Dubois
Elizabeth Dubois is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa and a fellow at the Public Policy Forum.
Taylor Owen
Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communication and associate professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill.
Jennifer McGuire
Jennifer McGuire has been the general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News (all platforms) since 2009. She led the digital transformation of CBC News. She was head CBC Radio and CBC Radio programming. The programs “The Current,” “The Debaters,” “Wiretap,” “Spark” and “Q” are among those launched under her tenure.