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“Fair” Elections Act Charter Challenge

In December 2018, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students celebrated the passing of Bill C-76 in the Senate.

Bill C-76 was a big win for democracy. It repeals the main undemocratic elements of the Unfair Elections Act, which we had organized with others to challenge politically and fight in the courts. The changes to the Act include:

– Restoring the Voter Information Card as valid ID for voting;
– Restoring vouching as an accepted process enabling people to confirm their identity and residence so they can vote;
– Restoring the independence of the Commissioner of Canada Elections by moving it back to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer; and
– Ending the restrictions on Elections Canada engaging in public education on voting.

Below are some of our analysis pieces and updates from that campaign.

The Trudeau government needs to move on Bill C-33 to amend the 'Fair Elections Act'

The Trudeau government needs to move on Bill C-33 to amend the ‘Fair Elections Act’

Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions In November 2014, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students filed ...
WIN! Federal government tables amendments to the Canada Elections Act

WIN! Federal government tables amendments to the Canada Elections Act

In November 2014, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students filed an application in the Ontario ...
Fair Elections Act injunction ruling under appeal

Fair Elections Act injunction ruling under appeal

The Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students and three voters are seeking leave to appeal last week's ruling ...
Door-to-Door democracy can change the game for election 2015

Door-to-Door democracy can change the game for election 2015

As I stood on the beach and looked out across Vancouver’s English Bay it was an otherwise beautiful view ...
Day two: Democracy's day in court

Day two: Democracy’s day in court

Day 2, July 3, 2015 On the second and final day of hearings on our injunction to stop the ...
Government case for "Fair" Elections Act unconvincing, says Council of Canadians

Government case for “Fair” Elections Act unconvincing, says Council of Canadians

TORONTO – Following a day of strong evidence from expert witnesses yesterday on how the Fair Elections Act will suppress ...
Injunction hearing this week could suspend key provisions in "Fair" Elections Act

Injunction hearing this week could suspend key provisions in “Fair” Elections Act

OTTAWA - On July 2 and 3, the Ontario Superior Court will hear arguments in a case that could have ...
Council of Canadians to challenge Fair Elections Act in court, July 2-3

Council of Canadians to challenge Fair Elections Act in court, July 2-3

The Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students and three voters will be in Ontario Superior Court this July ...