Burnaby to vote on support for federal elections act

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver



The chorus of opposition to the Conservative government’s so-called Fair Elections Act could include the City of Burnaby as a motion asking Ottawa to withdraw the bill goes before council Monday night.

The city will review a report about possible implications to Burnaby residents and concerns regarding the controversial piece of legislation.

The report alleges parts of the bill will hamper election fraud investigations and prevent thousands of people from voting, and recommends council write to Ottawa to voice city concerns.

“It is critical that federal elections are conducted in a fair and transparent manner, and that the will of the voters is reflected in their elected representatives,” said the report, written by Lou Pelletier, director of planning and building. “In considering the downward trend in the voter turnout for federal, provincial and municipal elections, it is imperative that voters perceive the electoral process to be fair, transparent and accountable.”

Since the bill was introduced in February, it has sparked rebuke from academics, newspapers and politicians.

Amendments to the act were made in late April, including one that would allow vouching for voters without proper identification to continue, but critics have still targeted the bill.






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