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NDP’s ‘Voter Protection Act’ will reverse unreasonable ID requirements

BRANTFORD — Tom Mulcair’s NDP will crack down on the illegal voter suppression tactics the Conservatives are infamous for and reverse onerous ID requirements for voting by introducing the Voter Protection Act, says Brantford-Brant NDP candidate Marc Laferriere.

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been caught cheating in every election they have won. From the ‘in and out’ scandal in 2006, to Stephen Harper ethics spokesperson Dean Del Mastro’s overspend in the 2008 election, and the infamous 2011 robo-call voter suppression scandal that saw then Conservative operative Michael Sona convicted of election fraud, Canadians have had enough.

“Stephen Harper’s changes to the Elections Act allow wealthy candidates and their supporters to make larger campaign contributions while making voting harder for people who may not have multiple pieces of ID or a permanent home,” said Laferriere. “We’re trying to encourage people to participate in the federal political process and exercise their vote, but the Conservatives are making them jump through hoops instead of using one piece of picture ID and the Voter ID Card that comes in the mail, as they have in the past.”

An NDP government will:
· Give Elections Canada’s the ability to investigate and crackdown on electoral fraud;
· Establish stronger penalties for operatives who attempt to deny or deny Canadians their right to vote; and
· Repeal Conservative voting rules that have put the right to vote at risk for First Nations, students, seniors, those without a fixed address and others.

“Tom Mulcair and the NDP will protect the hard-fought democratic rights of all Canadians,” continued Laferriere. “We will tackle voter suppression with new powers for Elections Canada and serious penalties for political operatives who interfere with a citizens’ right to vote.”