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BREAKING: We're taking the Unfair Elections Act to court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:45

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Let people vote

Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote...”

Nine simple words in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms lay the foundation of Canada's democracy. And this constitutional right we're all guaranteed must be upheld with laws and institutions that vigorously protect it.

That's why on the very day the Unfair Elections Act became law, the Council of Canadians and Canadian Federation of Students announced we're filing a Charter challenge to strike down key sections in court.


At this very moment we're preparing potent evidence that the Harper Conservatives' electoral reforms undermine the Charter and our right to vote on several key grounds:

The elimination of vouching and the Voter Information Card as proof of residency make it more difficult for people to vote, specifically students, the elderly and Indigenous people – who tend to not vote conservative.

The Chief Electoral Officer is handcuffed from performing duties critical to the integrity of our democracy, including engaging the Canadian public in the democratic process and alerting us of fraudulent activity that threatens a free vote.

Canadians remain vulnerable to more of the same voter suppression and fraud that was proven to have been perpetrated in the robocall scandal. In that case, the Federal Court Judge pointed to the Conservative Party of Canada as the most likely source of the data used to make the widespread fraudulent calls. The Act actually makes it harder for voters to exercise their right to overturn an election result that was fraudulently obtained.

And it's critical that we launch this legal action immediately. If we don't, these anti-democratic rules will be in effect for the 2015 federal election and the Harper Conservatives will have the deck stacked in their favour for re-election.

That's where you come in.

Constitutional challenges aren't cheap. But if we can raise $50,000 in public donations in the next 72 hours, we'll be able to kick start the legal proceedings as early as next week.

As a Council of Canadians supporter, you've directly helped us sustain effective people-powered action to protect Canada's democracy and demand truly fair elections.

Together we've made huge progress, and I know you agree we can't stop now.

If we all chip in right now we can get the legal wheels moving. Can I count on your support? Every dollar helps and is urgently needed.

Donate to support the Charter challenge

You can also help by forwarding this email on to your friends and family who share your belief that Canada needs truly fair elections.

However you decide to help, please do so now./


The Unfair Elections Act is a huge step backwards for Canadian democracy. It cannot go unchallenged.

With hope and resolve,

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow
National Chairperson

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 09:45

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