Citizens delivered an 80,000-strong petition that opposes the unnecessarily strict voter ID requirements that could stop hundreds of thousands from voting in the next election.
Jean-Pierre Kingsely, the former Chief Electoral officer, gave the Commons Committee studying the Fair Elections Act a lesson on how to draft strong laws to protect democracy.
If implemented, the bill would severely weaken our democracy. It would prevent Elections Canada from encouraging people to vote and would make it harder for some people to cast their ballots.
By now, it must be clear to all but the most ardent party loyalists that the current Conservative government in Canada is contemptuous of democracy, working actively to weaken our democratic systems.
The provisions in the 'Unfair' Elections Act that would eliminate the voucher system, prevent Elections Canada from publicly reporting on election fraud, and cancel research and public education.
Cutting public services to pay for a surplus is hurting Canadians and not spurring any meaningful economic growth.
Pierre Poilievre's new Fair Elections Act does contain at least a few positive changes; however, it does not give power to the people who investigate abuses and it has one surprisingly large loophole.
The unwillingness of the Conservatives to come clean and the inability of Elections Canada to hold them to account is unacceptable.
As the countdown continues towards the October 19, 2015 Canadian federal election (Doomsday or Bastille Day depending on your perspective), what political signs do we divine?
From January 2nd to 26th, 2014, MPs are in their home ridings. Now is the time to tell them that we want equal, effective votes: That we want proportional representation.