Feds ram through Elections Act overhaul bill, accused of distorting independent study of polling booth incidents in 2011 election

As the government prepared to cut short debate Monday on government legislation that would severely curtail the independence and authority of Canada’s chief electoral officer, opposition MPs accused the minister in charge of the bill of distorting an independent study of polling booth incidents in the 2011 election.

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre, pictured in this file photo on the Hill, came under attack in Question Period for a government statement that the legislation, Bill C-23, was ‘cracking down on voter fraud’ by eliminating a vouching system that was used to allow students, First Nations voters, senior citizens, and other minorities to cast ballots even though they did not have government-issued photo ID or another form of identification currently authorized by the Canada Elections Act. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED :Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 9:59 PM

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