First Nations leaders call on feds to maintain vouching, voter information cards as House Affairs Committee hearings get testy

Alberta Conservative MP Blake Richards had to be interrupted by the Conservative chair of a Commons committee Thursday while drowning out a response from an aboriginal women’s leader who, along with other First Nations witnesses, was calling on the government to lower barriers to voting rather than prohibiting the use of vouching and voter information cards as elector eligibility provisions under the Canada Elections Act.

Conservative MP Joe Preston, chair of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, has been leading marathon hearings on the government’s controversial Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED : Friday, April 4, 2014 12:07 AM

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