Elections Canada

New Voter ID Rules Face Constitutional Challenge

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Two advocacy groups are asking the courts to set aside new Conservative election rules that they say will make it more difficult for thousand...

Althia Raj

New Tory Bill Would Suppress Votes, NDP Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government’s new election bill will result in voter suppression for Canadian citizens who live abroad, the NDP charged T...

2015 Election Projected To Be Much Pricier Than Last

CBC | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics

The price tag for this year's federal election is expected to spike by nearly a third, partly because of big changes to Canada's electoral m...

Tories Refuse To Reveal Cost Of Elections Canada Split

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is refusing to disclose how much it will cost taxpayers to separate the commissioner of elections from Elections Canada...

Crown Allegations

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Politics

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - A member of Parliament, whose job it once was to beat down allegations of Conservative voter fraud, used backdated invoices from ...

Tories To Challenge Canadian Expatriates' Voting Rights

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A court decision that handed the right to vote to more than one million Canadians who have lived outside the country for more than five year...

Neufeld: Fair Elections Act Still Has Problems

CBC | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics

Changes made to the Conservatives' election bill help alleviate fears that some Canadians could lose the right to cast a ballot, but many could still ...

Expat Voting Ban Is No More!

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Elections Canada has stopped enforcing a voting ban on citizens living abroad for more than five years in light of a court decision that str...

The Truth About the 2011 Federal Election

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

It was not until the media began covering the story that the number of robocalls complaints exploded. A whopping 3597 articles were written in 2012 about the "robocalls" affair, leading to Elections Canada receiving over 40,000 "complaints." But those "complaints" didn't come from electors reporting that they had received a call.

Althia Raj

14 Ways The Fair Elections Act Won't Fix Robocalls

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government will amend its Fair Elections Act this week, stripping many controversial items in the bill. But lost in hoopla...

'The Vindictive Side Of The Prime Minister'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government's controversial proposed overhaul of election laws illustrates the ruthless, vindictive and hyper-partisan side of Pri...

'Really Does A Lot To Suppress Voting'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Protests are scheduled for cities across Canada today against the Harper government's contentious elections bill.A few dozen people clutched...

Tory Lawyers Once Called Vouching 'Failsafe'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A constitutional challenge to voter-identification rules brought in by the Harper government in 2007 may be on its way to the Supreme Court o...

Tory Senator Attacks Elections Canada For Encouraging People To Vote

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Politics

Conservative Senator Linda Frum says Elections Canada's efforts to increase voter turnout put it in a conflict of interest. Frum has made the argum...

Tell Us: Will Fair Elections Act Make It Harder For You To Vote?

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics

HuffPost Canada wants to hear from you about how you vote and your thoughts on the Fair Elections Act's proposed changes. Share your thoughts belo...

Watchdog Explains How Fair Elections Act Will Fail Elections Canada

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives have held up Ontario as a model for the proposed crackdown on potential voter fraud in its controversial overhaul of na...

The Fair Elections Act Won't Let Elections Canada Do Its Job

Stephane Dion | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Elections Canada is tasked with ensuring that Canada has free and fair elections. Part of this responsibility includes communicating with Canadians, encouraging voter turnout, and ensuring voters can exercise their democratic rights. The Fair Elections Act, however, is an attempt to muzzle Elections Canada's ability to promote voting among our youth and other marginalized groups in society.

Why Do We Need 'Vouching' When It's So Easy To Vote?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Under the 2007 rules, getting vouched requires finding a qualified voter living in your electoral riding, whose name appears on that riding's list of registered electors, who possesses Elections Canada-approved identification, and who agrees to testify in person, at your polling place, in your presence, that you are legally eligible to vote. A voucher can only vouch once per election, and vouchers can't vouch for other vouchers. And the poll clerk has to buy his story. I don't know about you, but that strikes me as a bit complicated.

Althia Raj

'Debate Must Go On' About Fair Elections Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — An elections expert who gave the Conservative government’s controversial Fair Elections Act an A- grade last month now believes the bill ...

Voter Fraud 'Almost Impossible To Prove'

CBC | Leslie MacKinnon, CBC News | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Most opponents of the proposed Fair Elections Act say there is no evidence that voter fraud at the polls ever happens in Canada. Marc Mayrand, Chief...

The NDP Is Filibustering Democracy

Daniel Dickin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

At some point, the NDP has to learn that their filibustering tactics only result in further efforts to limit debate through closure and time allocation measures. The NDP aren't defending democracy by filibustering -- they're filibustering democracy.

Part Of Fair Elections Act 'Inappropriate In A Democracy': Expert

CBC | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Politics

Harry Neufeld, who wrote a report on problems in the last federal election, is warning of the potential for more abuse at polling stations if one pa...

Preston Manning Criticizes Tories Over Electoral Reform Efforts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Preston Manning, the former Reform Party leader who's become an elder statesman of the Canadian conservative movement, has chided the Harper ...

Why It May Get Harder for the Homeless to Vote

Megan Yarema | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

Changes proposed in the Fair Elections Act are top of debate, particularly when one of the proposed changes could dramatically hinder access to the polls for our country's most vulnerable people. Under the proposed Act, the option of voter vouching is on the chopping block. Individuals without appropriate ID, including homeless people, have relied on this option in order to vote. If the discussion is about fairness, then ensuring all citizens can participate in the electoral process should be a top priority. This includes keeping a system of voter vouching. Not only is it the right thing to do, but democracy depends on it.

A Warning From America

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - A participant in the bruising American battle over voting rights warns that Canada is treading on dangerous ground with its proposed elec...