There have been concerns that the 2019 federal Canadian election might be the target of foreign interference.
Former U.S. president and current American citizen Barack Obama issued a public statement:
I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term
Prominent figures have put forward arguments from both points of view.
Here are some individuals and bodies who have said this doesn't constitute foreign interference:
Elections Canada said that a foreign citizen speaking about the Canadian election doesn't "constitute an instance of undue foreign influence under the Canada Elections Act," and that factors considered before determining if "undue foreign influence" has taken place would include who incurred expenses and for what reason.
The "Critical Election Incident Public Protocol," the panel of senior public servants responsible for deciding when and how to inform Canadians about concerning behaviour or content that comes to their attention: as of Wednesday, 16 October 2019, the panel has not come forward with any potential meddling efforts.
On the other side, here are some individuals and bodies who have said that it does:
Ian Brodie, who was former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, said “I await a response on the Obama tweet from the federal government's rapid response team on foreign interference...”
a spokesperson for U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign called it “foreign election interference,”
Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin wrote "The Obama intrusion, unprecedented even for a former president, constitutes unjustified meddling."
National Post columnist Kelly McParland wrote "Former president Barack Obama is not nearly as distasteful a person as the president of Russia, but he was engaged in a much more open case of intrusion when he urged Canadian voters Wednesday to vote for the Liberal leader over other candidates."
Does this constitute foreign interference?