Procedure and House Affairs – March 31, 2014

In Committee from the House of Commons

Procedure and House Affairs – March 31, 2014

The committee holds a late-evening session on Bill C-23, the government’s controversial Fair Elections Act. Jason Mycoff from the University of Delaware discusses the theory and practice of election law. Carleton University professor Ian Lee addresses the issue of vouching, digital identity risk management and how mandatory photo identification for voters does not suppress voting. Public policy consultant Leslie Seidle argues that the bill proposes major policy changes that are not backed up by solid evidence and that it should not proceed without amendments. University of Manitoba professor emeritus Paul Thomas, University Toronto professor Yasmin Dawood and the University of Waterloo’s David McLaughlin share their concerns about the bill’s impact on the electoral process.
Bob Brown with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and David Shannon of the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance discuss their concerns about the barriers that the bill creates for people with a disability, both as voters and as potential candidates.
Forum for Young Canadians representative Corey Willard comments on the aspects of the bill that will affect the program and the youth who participate in it. (March 31, 2014)