Liberals amend voting rules, reversing some Conservative changes
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.
Bill C-33, introduced on Thursday by Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, would also repeal existing statutes that make Canadian citizens living abroad ineligible to vote if they reside outside the country for five consecutive years or more. That restriction has been in place since the 1990s and is the subject of a legal challenge.
"We recognize that, in the 21st century, people are living abroad for a number of different reasons, and we see greater value in opening up democracy than we do in placing unnecessary barriers for good, honest, hardworking Canadians who want to be able to vote," Monsef said.