Conservatives bring down time allocation hammer on elections reform bill

The government served notice Thursday it intends to limit House of Commons debate on the most significant changes to Canada’s federal election law in a decade, despite claims the measures may favour the governing Conservatives over opposition parties.

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre introduced the Fair Elections Act on Feb. 4, saying Canada’s elections ‘referee should not be wearing a team jersey,’ referring to the commissioner of Elections Canada. Under the legislation, the commissioner of Elections Canada will be moved over to the Office of the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED :Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 12:12 AM

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