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Canadian expats shouldn’t have unlimited voting rights

By Andrew Griffith, Robert Vineberg      

Bill C-33 would extend voting rights indefinitely, devaluing the votes of Canadians who do reside in Canada and are subject to Canadian law, taxes and other day-to-day realities of Canadian life.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould is in charge of shepherding Bill C-33, currently at second reading, through the House. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In responding to the Supreme Court challenge of the five-year limit of voting rights, the government has proposed in Bill C-33 to extend voting rights indefinitely to Canadians living abroad, no matter how short their residence in Canada. This is more generous than the standard comparator countries of Australia and New Zealand, which require a formal renewable declaration or visits (six and three years respectively), the United Kingdom, which has a 15-year limit, and the United States, which

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