Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 11:41 PM

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