Protests held against Tory elections bill

Protests are scheduled across the country against the controversial Fair Elections Act

TORONTO – Protests are scheduled for cities across Canada today against the Harper government’s contentious elections bill.

A few dozen people clutched signs and unrolled a banner during a demonstration in downtown Toronto.

Organizer Anna Goldfinch says that despite the Tories’ pledge on Friday to strip the bill of some of its most contentious aspects, such as a residency ID requirement, the proposed legislation still goes too far and should be scrapped outright.

She says an Elections Canada pilot project to encourage turnout on post-secondary campuses will not go ahead if the bill is passed.

Protester Andrew Porter also pointed to the bill imposing restrictions on Elections Canada’s outreach work as a continuing cause for concern.

Demonstrations are also planned in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver and Hamilton today.

Goldfinch, an executive member with the Canadian Federation of Students’s Ontario branch, said that even with the changes the government has agreed to, the bill will still discourage election turnout. “I still think there’s so much in this bill that really does a lot to suppress voting, to not encourage people to get out and vote,” she said.




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Protests held against Tory elections bill

  1. “I still think there’s so much in this bill that really does a lot to suppress voting, to not encourage people to get out and vote,” said Goldfinch, an executive member with the Canadian Federation of Students’s Ontario branch.
    That’s exactly the point. Less people going out to vote benefits the Cons on the long run.

    • Yep, that’s exactly what the Tories want done about it, namely, -nothing.
      That’s how it (unfairly and illegally) helped them get in before, and that’s how they hope they can squeak in again.

  2. Over 70% of Canadians are opposed to vouching.

    It is not allowed in most provincial, territorial and municipal elections.

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