Democracy—Fair Elections BillPublished on 15 May 2014 Your Question Period by Senator Wilfred Moore (retired)
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Hon. Wilfred P. Moore:
My question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Mr. Leader, this question comes from Ms. Lorna Beairsto of Calgary, Alberta, and she says:
I am one of over 63,000 people who have signed the AVAAZ.org petition to protest the so-called Fair Elections Act, which would undermine our democracy.
I am pleased the Conservative government recently adopted a number of the recommended amendments put forth by the Senate. However, there are still a number of unacceptable aspects of the proposed legislation, including restrictions on vouching and voter information cards, and limits on investigations into fraud.
The opposition to Bill C-23 has been undeniably widespread — from across the political spectrum, domestic and international, and from people from all walks of life — expert academics, lawyers, a Chief Electoral Officer and a former Auditor General — the list goes on. To ignore this backlash is to make a mockery of democracy.
You have proven your willingness to stand on principle before, and you can do the right thing again. Your actions now can help protect the fundamental rights of Canadians. Will you, as the Leader of the Government in the Senate, take our voices into account when considering Bill C-23 in the coming days?
Thank you very much.