TORONTO, April 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Students and their allies in Toronto
joined concerned citizens across Canada for today's National Day of
Action Against the Unfair Elections Act. Yesterday, as a result of
public outcry and action, the Conservative government started to
retreat from a number of its proposed changes to Canada's electoral
"From coast to coast, Canadians have been united in opposing the Unfair
Elections Act," said Anna Goldfinch, Ontario representative of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "While the government is backing down
from some aspects of this bill, momentum continues to build to scrap
the bill all together."
The Unfair Elections Act has been widely criticized by students, youth,
academics, current and former elections officials, and the media for
making it more difficult for young people and people from marginalized
communities to vote and limiting the ability of Elections Canada to
promote voter turnout.
Yesterday, in response to public opposition, Minister Pierre Poilievre
announced that the government will amend the bill to allow voters to
use vouching to confirm their addresses and roll back some of the
attempts to limit the purview of the Chief Electoral Officer. Serious
concerns remain about the use of voter ID cards as proof of address and
the muzzling of Elections Canada from implementing programs to improve
"It's clear that the Conservative government is rethinking its attempts
to bring US-style voter suppression tactics to Canada," said Vanessa
Hunt, National Deputy Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "Tinkering with the flawed Unfair Elections Act is not
enough. Canadians want the Conservatives to kill this bill."
To mark the National Day of Action, rallies and events were held in
several communities in Ontario including Toronto, Barrie, Cobourg,
Bancroft and Hamilton. A full list of actions are available here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is the largest student
organization in the province, representing more than 350,000 college,
undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the province.
Image with caption: "Students and their allies joined communities across Canada in actions today opposing Bill C-23, the Unfair Elections Act. (CNW Group/Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140426_C5362_PHOTO_EN_39686.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
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