An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (voting with an uncovered face)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

Sponsor

Steven Blaney  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Second reading (House), as of Feb. 11, 2011
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act to require that electors have their faces uncovered before voting, or registering to vote, in person.

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Canada Elections ActRoutine Proceedings

February 11th, 2011 / noon
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Conservative

Steven Blaney Conservative Lévis—Bellechasse, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-623, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (voting with an uncovered face).

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to introduce today, in both of Canada's official languages, English and French, a bill to strengthen public confidence in our democratic system. The proposed legislation would require everyone to uncover his or her face to vote in federal elections. The bill includes an exception for medical reasons. I would like to thank my colleague from Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar for seconding the bill.

This is simple, straightforward legislation that aims to increase the transparency of our democracy. Furthermore, the bill includes an exception for medical reasons.

I invite all parliamentarians to support this bill so that it may be in force during the next federal election.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)