I have just returned from Parliament Hill, where I was asked to appear as a witness. Parliamentary committee members reviewing proposed changes to Canada’s federal election rules asked me to speak about the Council of Canadians’ legal challenge underway now to repeal the Harper government’s so-called Fair Elections Act.
The committee also asked for my opinion on the recently-introduced election reforms in Bill C-76. While that Bill would address the issues now before the Court, the proposed changes therein are not guaranteed to be implemented in time for the next federal election in 2019.
And that’s why it’s so critical that our legal challenge proceeds swiftly.
As a refresher, in 2014 the Harper Conservative government rammed through Parliament its so-called Fair Elections Act without proper debate or consultation.