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Subject:  OT - Canada Changing Election Laws Date:  12/12/2018  8:21 AM
Author:  tim443 Number:  548999 of 606179

Mostly back to the way they worked before the Cons 'fixed' them to try to 'fix' the last election.

It clearly didn't work for them anyway as in spite of the new rules and a monster war chest they got badly whacked. This at least partially I suspect due to the disgust at their blatant efforts to rig it. The biggest mistake was to significantly increase the length of the campaign to take advantage of their monster sized wad of money, Canadians hate long elections and it was well past time for him to leave anyway.

Tim <hopefully lessons learned?>

POLITICS 12/11/2018 09:46 EST

Bill C-76 Passed By Senate Just In Time To Apply For 2019 Vote

The bill allows voter identification cards to be used as valid ID, among many other changes.

Joan Bryden Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Legislation aimed at preventing foreign interference and constraining the influence of big money in Canadian elections has been approved by the Senate.

Bill C-76 passed in the upper house late Monday on a vote of 54-31 and is expected to receive royal assent later this week.

That means the reforms will apply during next year's federal election campaign.


Bill C-76 is an omnibus bill that will reverse a number of changes wrought by the previous Conservative administration's widely denounced Fair Elections Act. It will restore the use of voter information cards as a valid form of identification to prove residency and will do away with measures that critics argued were designed to benefit the deep-pocketed Tories.

It will limit spending by parties and advocacy groups during the three-month period before an election is officially called, as well as during the official campaign. And it scraps a Tory-instituted provision allowing parties to spend $650,000 for each day a campaign exceeds the minimum 37 days and caps the maximum campaign length at 50 days.


The bill represents a first stab at grappling with the spectre of social media being abused by bad actors — foreign or domestic — to manipulate election results, exacerbate societal divisions, amplify hate messages or instill distrust in the electoral system. It comes in the wake of scandal over Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential contest and the misuse of personal information of millions of Facebook users during the United Kingdom's Brexit campaign.

It will ban advocacy groups from ever using money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns.


Conservative senators proposed four amendments to the bill Monday but all were defeated.

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