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Procedure and House Affairs committee  Well, there are some measures for accessibility to the polls. Lowering the voter ID barrier is fine, but I didn't think it was a huge issue.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, given that 29 pieces of ID could be used before, I think anyone who wanted to vote would have been able to satisfy the requirements. But it's fine to lower it, and it's fine to lower it for expats. I mentioned that these are all good changes. I haven't spoken on any of the

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, but I wouldn't say that it will definitely increase participation. I wouldn't even make a prediction about what's going to happen on Thursday in Ontario, let alone what's going to happen a year and a half from now at the federal level, but it lowers barriers, for sure.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. I don't have the definition right in front of me...that you've committed a crime and something about your professional qualifications.... It's been narrowed to make it more enforceable and also to say that you have withdrawn as a candidate, obviously. I don't think it should

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Democracy Watch's proposal for a long time in its honesty in politics campaign has been that, first of all, we thought the provision in there against a pretense or contrivance was enough. We filed the complaint about the electoral promise with the commissioner. The commissioner s

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It is there. The commissioner is not enforcing it.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I mentioned fines increasing. They have to increase—

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, the leader should pay a fine and the party should also pay a fine.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, and Democracy Watch's recommendation is a minimum of one year's salary, because this is a very serious voter rights issue. It would be a minimal—

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The party would have also paid for having a misleader. It has to be stopped. Voters right now are playing poker when they go to vote. They don't know who's bluffing. Their money is on the table.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's a fundamental voter rights issue. It has to be stopped. We've seen the damage in the U.S. and we've seen the damage here. It has to be stopped, and the only way to stop it is a serious penalty after the fact. You're not going to be able to reverse an election result based

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  You just can't prove it. It has been tried in B.C. and in Ontario.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Are you saying the government cares in terms of the limits?

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. That is why the rules are the way they are.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher