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Remote voting using video is best option, tech, cybersecurity experts tell PROC

By Palak Mangat      

'It’s a lot easier to match a person’s face and voice, deepfakes notwithstanding, whereas when you are voting through an app, what the system is recording is not that you voted, but rather that somebody with your credentials voted,' says Aleksander Essex.

Liberal MP Ruby Sahota, pictured on May 12, 2020, chaired the House Affairs Committee Thursday, which heard from cybersecurity and tech experts who recommend MPs adopt changes that allow their colleagues to vote using video confirmation. Image courtesy House of Commons

As MPs take stock of how to implement remote voting in the House amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some cybersecurity and tech experts told a House committee Thursday that voting using video confirmation might be the best way to go. 

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Alberta court decision a chance to fix flawed environmental impact assessment regime, says Green MP May

The government says it plans to appeal the May 10 Alberta Court of Appeal decision that found the Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional because it infringes on provincial jurisdiction.

Federal ministers, MPs, and staff working on high-stakes Ontario election

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Michael Coteau predicts that Ontarians will vote Liberal in tight Liberal-NDP races in order to oust the Ford government.

Canada supports rapid accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, but experts say it needs to improve its Arctic defences

News|By Dennis Kovtun
Fearing Russian aggression, Finland and Sweden will likely apply for NATO membership. While Canada supports the membership of these countries, it needs to step up its own contributions, especially in the Arctic: experts.

A ‘Parliamentary Precinct family reunion’: Politics and the Pen in person for first time in two years

News|By Stuart Benson
This year’s finalists feature some of the country’s best non-fiction writing on Canada’s financial future, China relations, the SNC-Lavalin affair, and historic and influential women in politics.

Ontario election will be a test on how upset Canadians are with incumbents and affordability issues, say some MPs and Nanos

News|By Abbas Rana
The decision Ontarians make at the ballot box on June 2 will come down to who has the best plan to address the affordability issues of Ontarians, says Liberal MP Michael Coteau.

Groups return to ‘invaluable’ in-person advocacy on the Hill after years lobbying behind screens

For the first time since COVID-19’s outbreak in 2020, some organizations lobbied on the Hill for a 'relationship building’ experience unmatched by virtual events, says Direct Sellers Association of Canada’s Peter Maddox.

New blood donation policy still targets queer men and trans women, advocates argue

News|By Stuart Benson
While every donor will now be asked the same questions, the new policy’s focus on anal sex and barring those who take PrEP is seen by some as more egregious and intrusive than the previous blanket ban.

Experts, critics wary of feds’ ‘clearly opposite’ private investing plan to rejig infrastructure bank

Infrastructure Bank CEO Ehren Cory has talked about finding win-win projects that serve both public and private interests, but critics say this middle ground has proved elusive.

No big winners or losers in curious Conservative leadership debate, say strategists

News|By Ian Campbell
Several candidates had 'their sights set on trying to blunt Pierre Poilievre’s momentum,' while also trying to 'shore up more moderate support for themselves,' say Conservative strategists.
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