April 14, 2014
The dwindling list of acceptable voter identification
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre happily parrots off lists of identification he claims Canadians can use to vote. But his claims are misleading.
Of the 39 accepted pieces of information, fewer than half include proof of address.
At least one, old age security cards, aren’t even issued anymore
And for those trying to save some trees and receive e-bills, those don’t count. Only hard copy mail with your address will be accepted.
Ontario health card
Certificate of Canadian citizenship (citizenship card)
Certificate of Indian status (status card)
Social insurance number card
Old age security card
Student ID card
Liquor ID card
Hospital/medical clinic card
Public transportation card
Canadian Forces ID card
Veterans Affairs Canada health card
Canadian Blood Services/Héma-Québec card
Firearm possession and acquisition licence or possession only licence
Fishing, trapping or hunting licence
Outdoors or wildlife card/licence
Hospital bracelet worn by residents of long-term care facilities
Parolee ID card
If you don’t hold a driver’s license or a provincial identification card with your photo and address on it, you must produce two pieces of ID, one of which must have your home address. And fewer than half of the identification listed would qualify.
Conservatives – starting with their deceitful minister for Democratic Reform – must stop lying to Canadians about what ID they can use to vote.
Canadians deserve better.