Elections Canada

Tory Lawyers Once Called Vouching 'Failsafe'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 03.02.2014 | 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 03.01.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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...

Voters Need Motivation, Not Advance Polls, Experts Say

CBC | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics

Changes the Conservatives are proposing for the Canada Elections Act aren't the best way to get more people casting ballots — especially young ...

The Fair Elections Act Will Make It Harder For Canadians to Vote

Craig Scott | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig Scott

The bill eliminates two methods of voting that have proven effective in enfranchising voters. One is the long-standing Canadian practice of vouching that allowed 120,000 people to vote in 2011. The other is Elections Canada's expanded use of its Voter Identification Cards (VICs) for youth attending university, seniors in residence, and Aboriginal people living on reserve.

Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting For

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system. Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and proposes to implement a number of recommendations made by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

Althia Raj

Who Watches The Politicians?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The head of Elections Canada is fighting back against the Conservatives' suggestion that he's a partisan player and can't be trusted to overs...

Harper's Politics Serve Politicians, Not Canadians

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Poet, Anatole France, once observed that, "it is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." He could just as easily be commenting on two recent actions of our present federal government that fly directly in the face of what is supposed to be good politics: giving the people what they want. How else to explain the undue harshness against this country's veterans, or the outright attack and manipulation in the Harper government's attempts to revamp Elections Canada to its own purposes? What makes both of these instances so remarkable is the sheer arrogance of a government acting against the best interests of its own people.

In The Dark

CBC | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

The Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre told the House of Commons Monday he met with the head of Elections Canada in August about...

Access to Information Process Needs Reforms

Daniel Dickin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

In early 2013 I submitted several ATI requests to Elections Canada regarding their handling of the "robocalls" investigation. The questions were simple enough: who's doing this investigation? How much will it cost? When will it be done? The information they did reveal was shocking.

Elections Canada: In-Depth Probes Into Illegal Donations Not Possible Now

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Elections Canada says under its current powers it would not be able to investigate fully the kind of illegal political donations being expose...

Twitter Reacts To Del Mastro Charges

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada Politics

Twitter reacted in anger to the news that MP Dean Del Mastro has been charged with breaking election spending rules. Del Mastro also removed himsel...

Charged.. And No Longer A Tory

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost his fifth caucus member of the year to scandal, after his former right-hand man in the House of Commons wa...

Good News For Harper And Company

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.01.2013 | Canada Politics

'Mo Money, Mo Problems' may seem like an unlikely tune to describe Stephen Harper's Conservatives, yet amid months of scandals and resignations, the T...

No Voting System Fixes Without Money And Help: Elections Canada

CBC | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Politics

Elections Canada wants to avoid the procedural errors that plagued the last election, but the changes will likely cost money and require political wil...