Randy Kamp, the member of parliament for Pitt Meadows Maple Ridge Mission, believes the proposed changes are warranted and ones that a majority of Canadians support.
Repercussions of Fair Elections Act
under the proposed bill, the only role of the chief electoral officer would be to inform the public of when, where, and how to vote;
there are 39 different pieces of ID a person can bring to a polling station from a Social Insurance Card and hospital bracelet to a letter from a shelter or soup kitchen.
The Fair Elections Act also proposes to house the commissioner of election within the office of the director of public prosecutions, a move Kamp believes will make the position more independent. The chief electoral officer will no longer be able to direct the commissioner to conduct investigations under the bill.
Sabanski, 27, has a long list of complaints about the bill, from the elimination of vouching to increasing campaign spending limits.
a mandatory public registry for automated election phone calls, or "robocalls," and stiffer penalties for violators;
"It's important that the bill get passed and come into place well before the 2015 elections so there is a timeline that needs to be follow."
placing tighter rules on voter identification at polling stations, eliminating voter ID cards and ending "vouching" for a voter not on the voter's list;
Introduced in February by Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre, Bill C 23 is being touted as a tool to protect the fairness of federal elections.
central polling supervisors (the person in charge of a particular polling location) would be appointed by a riding's incumbent candidate or the candidate's party.
From scholars to seniors groups, criticism of the proposed Fair Elections Act is mounting and Sabanski believes the more people hear about Bill C 23, the less they'll like it.
current legislation, central poll supervisors are appointed by returning officers, who are hired by Elections Canada. The supervisors are put in place at polling stations to make sure voting unfolds smoothly.
Other proposed changes in the bill:
the changes are reasonable and fair," said Kamp.
Although voter turnout in general has plummeted, from 75 per cent in 1988 to 61 per cent in 2011, Kamp believes it's not Elections Canada's role to promote voting.
"You can't get on a plane without showing government issued photo ID," Kamp said.
"The minister's and my view is that Elections Canada's primary role should be to make sure that people know when and where and how to vote," said Kamp, adding that political parties should be the ones who encourage people to cast a vote.
Kamp assures the bill is being debated at length.
"The Fair Elections Act will ensure everyday citizens are in charge of democracy, by putting special interests on the sidelines and rule breakers out of business," said Minister Poilievre.
"This will have long lasting repercussions. We should be building up our democratic institutions, not breaking them down."
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"The bill also makes it harder to break elections law. It closes loopholes to big money, imposes new penalties on political impostors who make rogue calls, and empowers law enforcement with sharper teeth, Under Armour Curry 2 Northern Lights a longer reach and a freer hand."
"It's going through the normal legislative process," Kamp added.
The Conservatives want the Fair Elections Act passed by June, while opposition parties in the House of Commons have called for more debate and more open consultations with all stake holders.
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"Some of the changes are just unacceptable in our democracy," said Sabanski.
However, roughly 120,000 voters, or about one per cent, used vouching to cast a ballot during the 2011 election.
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