An attempt from the government to change how Canadians abroad will cast ballots come election time is facing growing opposition from House of Commons committee witnesses ahead of an appearance by the minister in charge of the legislation.
Bill C-50, the Citizenship Voting Act, was cited by Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre after being tabled in the House of Commons last December as an effort to prevent non-Canadians from voting and to curb what he said was the serious risk of voter fraud.
But witnesses on Tuesday at the procedure and House affairs committee currently studying the bill said there’s no evidence to back up claims that voter fraud, particularly abroad, is a something lawmakers need to worry about.
“The legislation offers a solution in search of a problem, given that there really is no systematic, imperative evidence that voter fraud is really a problem,” said Dennis Pilon, a professor at York University.
Bill C-50 was tabled in the House just after the OntarioRead More »from Bill C-50 facing mounting opposition ahead of Poilievre committee appearance