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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.

 

  

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Friday, March 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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