Dear Fair Vote Supporter,
Next Wednesday, MP Don Davies will be holding a hearing discussing the Fair Elections Act. This bill (Bill C-23) has been in the news lately and many organizations have expressed deep concerns about some of the changes it makes to how we will conduct elections in Canada.
In its press release, Fair Vote Canada highlighted the new rule that would prevent the Chief Electoral Officer from promoting voter participation. The Bill restricts the advertising Elections Canada can issue, so they can no longer tell Canadians to get out and vote. Instead, they are only permitted to advertise the times and locations of voting sites.
Marc Mayrand, Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, spoke strongly against a number of aspects of the Bill when he appeared before the parliamentary committee to review it. One of the most troubling aspects is that it reduces the power of Elections Canada to investigate elections irregularities. In light of their inability to effectively investigate the robocalls complaints made after the last election, Elections Canada has been asking for more investigative power, not less.
Other organizations opposing this Bill include LeadNow, whose campaign is focused on the voter suppression aspect of the Bill. This is in response to changes in the Bill that strengthen ID requirements and eliminate the practice of vouching, disenfranchising youth, Aboriginal people, and low-income people.
The NDP opposition requested cross-country hearings on the Bill. When the government refused, the NDP decided to hold their own series of Town Halls.
Join Fair Vote Canada-Vancouver at this Town Hall event at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. We will have an information booth available and though it is an NDP event, it is open to the general public.
Please pass this message on to any and all that may be interested. Also, join the Facebook event if you would like more information. We hope to see you next Wednesday!