International scholars condemn proposed Fair Elections Act

March 20, 2014

A group of 19 international scholars have written an open letter, published by the Globe and Mail, which states that the Canadian government’s proposed Fair Elections Act would “be deeply damaging for electoral integrity within Canada, as well as providing an example which, if emulated elsewhere, may potentially harm international standards of electoral rights around the world.” The authors go on to say that the act, which is currently in its second reading, would reduce the effectiveness of Elections Canada, make it harder for citizens to vote in elections, allow money to play a larger role in elections, and foster partisan bias and "politicization." The signatories include researchers from the US, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, and the UK. Globe and Mail (letter) | Globe and Mail (coverage)