Supreme Court says restrictions on expats’ voting rights unconstitutional
By Beatrice Paez Jan. 11, 2019
In a majority 5-2 decision, the top court overturned the appeals court ruling, ruling that the Canada Elections Act provisions that strip Canadian citizens’ right to vote federally if they’ve lived abroad for more than five years could not be justified.
The Supreme Court sided with long-term expats who had lost their right to vote after living abroad for more than five years. The Hill Times file photograph
OTTAWA—Successive governments will find it tougher to justify restricting long-term expats’ voting rights, after the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a prohibition based on residency is unconstitutional.
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