May 13, 2014
Conservatives pass unfair elections act
In a mockery of Canada’s democracy, Conservative MPs voted unanimously to pass bill C-23, which they call the "Fair Elections Act".
“In good faith, the NDP proposed close to 100 ways to improve this widely-denounced bill but the Conservatives again let their ideology undermine what’s best for Canada,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth). “New Democrats will continue to defend every Canadian’s right to vote.”
The Conservatives rejected NDP amendments that would have given investigators the tools they need to crack down on electoral fraud, maintained Elections Canada’s independence from government, and restored the authority of the Chief Electoral Officer to encourage all Canadians to vote.
“The Conservativeshave weakened our democracy and it’s Canadians who will suffer,” said NDP Democratic Reform deputy critic Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint- Laurent). “We are disappointed that the Conservatives have such contempt for Canadian voters.”