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Feds in court today over long-term expats’ right to vote

Ottawa is appealing a lower court ruling that says they do have that right


 

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court begins grappling today with the issue of whether long-term Canadian expats should have the right to vote.

Ottawa is appealing a lower court ruling that says they do have that right.

In that earlier decision, a judge declared a section of the Canada Elections Act unconstitutional.

That section barred those living abroad for more than five years from voting in federal elections.

Ottawa says the restriction is justified in a free and democratic society.

Two expats, however, argue the five-year cut-off is arbitrary and unreasonable.


 
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Feds in court today over long-term expats’ right to vote

  1. After five years away, unless in the employment of the government, why should you get a say in what happens here? Clearly your interests lie elsewhere.

    On the other hand, are there really that many expats who take the time to vote? It doesn’t seem likely they vote in numbers large enough to skew the election results…

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