Elections Canada readily admitted that there is no enabling legislative measure in Canada to deal with the holding of elections during emergencies and that now they are entering into 'uncharted' waters.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault, pictured with Grade 5 students in Ottawa, for a mock vote ahead of the 2019 federal election. Elections Canada set up a working group charged with preparing for a general election in 'pandemic circumstances' in an effort to examine their options and whether alternative voting through mail-in ballots could be an alternative. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
With the pandemic crisis still underway, getting the personnel and other resources needed for the next federal election, and for byelections, could be “negatively” impacted.
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'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
'At least at this stage, it's better to work the backrooms, work the players that have some influence with the White House, and try to ensure that such a threat doesn't become a reality,' says Canada-U.S. group co-chair.
'We do not celebrate the existence of this country in the same way other people do, because we think that the existence of this country came at a price to our ancestors and to us,' says Senator Murray Sinclair.
'Peter MacKay has a proven track record of uniting Conservatives, and that's precisely what he's doing in the leadership campaign. And that's what he'll do if he's elected as leader,' says Conservative MP Michael Cooper.