Fair Elections BillPublished on 9 April 2014 Your Question Period by Senator Jane Cordy
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Hon. Jane Cordy:
Honourable senators, I am proud today to ask a question that I have received from political science student Jennifer Perimal, from Vancouver, who I believe is sitting in the gallery.
I believe Jennifer is in the gallery. We’ve never met. Welcome to the Senate of Canada, and thank you very much for your interest in politics and for taking the time to write a question to us that we can ask in the Senate of Canada.
Jennifer’s question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate:
Bill C-23’s anti-vouching provisions will eliminate a significant number of otherwise eligible voters, who may be well-intentioned citizens who were too busy to update the address on their ID. Do you think this is fair? What would you say to a young student eager to cast their vote and contribute to our functioning democracy, but who is undergoing residential transition during elections and gets turned away because of your new law?