Election reform bill passed in time for implementation in 2019 federal vote
The Globe and Mail
December 10, 2018
Legislation aimed at preventing foreign interference and constraining the influence of big money in Canadian elections has been approved by the Senate. Bill C-76 passed in the upper house late Monday on a vote of 54-31 and is expected to receive royal assent later this week.
Bill C-76 is an omnibus bill that will reverse a number of changes wrought by the previous Conservative administration’s widely denounced Fair Elections Act. It will restore the use of voter information cards as a valid form of identification to prove residency and will do away with measures that critics argued were designed to benefit the deep-pocketed Tories.
Bill C-76 received royal assent and became law on December 13, 2018.
Trudeau government proposes major changes to elections law
April 30, 2018
The Trudeau government is proposing to limit the length of federal election campaigns, restrict the amount of spending allowed in the period immediately before a campaign and introduce new rules to regulate third-party political activity — all part of a new set of reforms to Canada’s elections laws.
In broad strokes, Bill C-76 touches on a series of concerns that have been raised about Canada’s electoral and political systems, including changes made by the previous Conservative government, the activity of third-party organizations and the collection of data by political parties.
Reversing changes made by the previous Conservative government in 2014, the Liberals would make the voter identification card a valid piece of identification for use at polling stations, allow registered voters to "vouch" for the identity or residence of another voter and empower the chief electoral officer to conduct public education campaigns.
Liberals amend voting rules, reversing some Conservative changes
November 23, 2016
Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is proposing to repeal controversial changes to the voting process that were made by the previous Conservative government and expand voting rights of Canadians living abroad.
Under new legislation tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday morning, eligible voters would once again be able to use a voter information card to identify themselves at the polling station or be vouched for by another elector.
The Conservatives removed the information cards mailed to voters from the list of acceptable documentation, but the move was criticized as an unjustified change that would make it harder for some Canadians to cast a ballot.