Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions
In November 2014, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court challenging provisions of the Harper government's Fair Elections Act for infringing on the right to vote guaranteed to Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We challenged the Act because:
1- it makes it more difficult for the Chief Electoral Officer to communicate with Canadians about the electoral process and their right to vote
2- stripped the Chief Electoral Officer of his authority to authorize the Voter Information Card as a means for proving an elector's residence or identity
3- prohibited vouching as a means whereby electors could establish their identity
4- diminished the independence and authority of the Commissioner of Canada Elections.