Feds back away from changes to election rules

New rules could mean you won't have to show proof of residency, instead allowing you to sign an oath...

The Conservative government is announcing a major climbdown on its proposed overhaul of election rules with a series of amendments that will remove many of the most contentious aspects of the bill.

Pierre Poilievre, the minister for democratic reform, revealed the proposed changes at a news conference today.

Poilievre says his government is prepared to remove the requirement for all voters to show residency identification in the next election.

Poilievre said citizens will now be able to sign an oath attesting to their local residence, but must still provide at least some proof of personal identification.

A move to allow partisan appointments of central polling supervisors is being dropped from the elections bill, as is a restriction on how the chief electoral officer can communicate with Canadians.

The government is also removing a provision that would have allowed parties to contact former donors during election periods without incurring an election expense under their campaign cap.

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  1. Zack posted on 04/25/2014 02:01 PM
    Here's an election reform we need: Nobody who pays for their groceries with money taken from taxpayers should be allowed to vote. In the case of welfare recipients, they are contributing nothing and have not earned a voice in policy matters. In the case of public sector employees it is a clear conflict of interest; just look at how long Ontario's bumbling Liberal government has stayed in power by catering to public unions!
    1. Mike posted on 04/25/2014 02:36 PM
      @Zack how about if i'm 55-60 yrs old with health problems and i just lost my job because the greedy capitalists in charge of the company i worked for want to outsource the dept i worked in and bring in foreign workers at a 1/3 of what i was making.
      I've been paying EI all my working life and eventually because of my age i might be unemployable now and eventually might have to go on welfare.
      I can't vote anymore?
  2. Sonny posted on 04/25/2014 06:52 PM
    The punk PoiLIEvre said the fair elections act was perfect, now open to some amendments but will not get the support of other parties because it allows the Cons to cheat again and the Chief Electoral Office no way to compel them to testify.
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