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.
The legislation also beefs up the powers of the commissioner of elections to investigate violations of election laws, including giving the commissioner the power to compel testimony.
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.
The elections commissioner would be moved back under Elections Canada’s authority and newly empowered.