Nunavut public service rep opposes Fair Elections Act
Some public service employees in Nunavut are opposing parts of Ottawa's proposed Fair Elections Act, which would put an end to vouching for people without sufficient ID.
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The House of Commons is poised to pass the contentious legislation today.
At a political action symposium in Iqaluit last week, union representatives said the election reform would hit Nunavut especially hard.
“There's a lot of people and potential voters living in the territory who don't have addresses and birth certificates,” says Margaret Kaluraq, regional vice-president of the Nunavut Employees Union for Kivalliq South.
If passed, the Fair Elections act would require formal identification, and would ban voter cards.
Kaluraq says it would become more difficult for some eligible voters in particular to vote, including transient workers, those living in shelters and elders.
Elections Canada currently accepts 39 types of identification.
Under recent amendments to the new Elections Act, people without proof of address can vote if they sign an oath of residence, co-signed by someone else.
For political parties, the cost of calling and mailing previous party donors would no longer be considered a campaign expense
And companies will be required to keep records of robocalls and live calls for three years.
The final vote on the Fair Elections Act is scheduled for late tonight and is expected to pass without problem.