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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.

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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.

 

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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.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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