Day of action planned to fight ‘unfair’ elections act
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre drafted the Fair Elections Act. (REUTERS)
Organizers trying to stop a bill they say will deny some Canadians their right to vote in federal elections will deliver an 80,000-name petition to the offices of Conservative MPs around the Lower Mainland Tuesday.
The delivery is part of a “day of action” coordinated by the Council of Canadians, Canadian Federation of Students and Leadnow, demanding changes before passage of the so-called Fair Elections Act drafted by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.
The groups say the bill is meant to purposely restrict people from voting who are not likely to cast a ballot for a Conservative candidate by changing identification requirements at the voting booth.
The groups said that under the proposed rules, people will not be able to have someone vouch for them at the polls if they don’t have proper ID, Elections Canada will be prevented from publicly reporting election fraud, and it will be illegal for the body to advertise for youth to vote.
Jolan Bailey from Leadnow said the group will not stop until the “worst” parts of the bill are withdrawn, calling it an erosion of democracy.
“It imposes unneccesarily strict requirements about the identification that’s required to vote,” Bailey said. “These voter ID requirements are going to make it harder for a lot of people to access our democracy.”
Opponents of the bill said it will prevent thousands from voting, especially those who have recently moved.
Among the offices to be visited tomorrow is MP James Moore’s in Port Moody and MP Andrew Saxton’s in North Vancouver.