Government Elections

Restore the independence of the Commissioner of Canada Elections so that they are accountable to Parliament and not the government of the day.

Liberal Platform Page 27 October 5, 2015
Achieved
Dec 2018

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.

Apr 2018

Trudeau government proposes major changes to elections law

CBC News 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.