MIL-OSI Translation: National Press Theater – Remarks on the Introduction of Bill C-76: The Modernization of Elections Act

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI Regional News

Good afternoon,

Today, in the House of Commons, I had the pleasure of introducing the Elections Modernization Act. The changes we are proposing in this legislation are intended to update the Canada Elections Act to better reflect the realities facing our democratic institutions in the 21st century. In addition, it will bring real and tangible improvements to make elections more efficient and effective for Canadians.

The changes we are proposing in the Elections Modernization Act:

Make the electoral process more accessible to Canadians
Modernize the administration of elections and the application of electoral rules;
Make the electoral process safer and more transparent
Protecting the integrity of Canada’s electoral system
Better protect the privacy and personal information of Canadians.

Make the electoral process more accessible

Nothing is more fundamental to the health of our democracy than to ensuring the trust and participation of Canadians in our democratic institutions.

It is equally important that everyone (è) has the chance to participate in the democratic process by standing for election, if they wish.

That is why one of the central pillars of this bill is a more accessible election process.

People today are busier than ever. Canadians work irregular hours and shifts, traveling on business and leisure, and have responsibilities as parents and caretakers who start before sunrise and end after sunset.

Even though more and more people are voting in advance, we want to make voting easier for Canadian workers, by increasing the number of hours the polls open and by giving Elections Canada the ability to ensure that polls operate more efficiently.

At the moment, barriers make participation in the democratic process more difficult for some Canadians. This includes people with disabilities, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadians living abroad. The bill will make the electoral process more accessible.

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are making incredible sacrifices to defend our democracy, and we must make sure that they can easily participate.

We give our soldiers, sailors, and aviation personnel the opportunity to vote by any method that suits their needs, in addition to having access to the existing military polls. already.

We are amending the act so that a person with a disability has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote at home, to vote at another polling station that is more accessible and to vote. in a mobile polling station.

We are creating incentives for political parties to make their election event documents more accessible to people with disabilities.

We will also restore the right to vote to more than one million Canadian citizens living abroad.

Participation in the democratic system Canada goes beyond the tabling of the ballot.

There are obstacles that may have prevented some Canadians from running for election.

That is why we are making it easier for Canadians with disabilities to run in federal elections. We do the same for those caring for family members who are young, sick or disabled.

This bill provides that a candidate who is required to incur expenses for child care during the election campaign, or a candidate who is responsible for the costs of home care or health care of family members, would be reimbursed for 90% of the costs in question, and these costs would be exempted from the election expense ceilings.

Modernize the administration of elections and the application of electoral rules

We must ensure that our democratic system is effective and efficient; we must also make sure that it is in tune with the evolution of society.

The bill modernizes the administration of elections so that Canadians can exercise their right to vote more easily and to make it easier for violators of the electoral law to evade sanctions.

To ensure compliance with the law, we are proposing new powers for the Commissioner of Canada Elections.

We will strengthen its powers, by:

empowering him to lay charges for violating the electoral laws,
allowing it to impose monetary penalties (or fines) for minor, minor voting infractions,
giving him the ability to go to court to compel a person to testify.

It means a real change in the application of the electoral laws. We will also move this office to Elections Canada to ensure greater independence from government.

Make the election process safer

The integrity and fairness of Canada’s electoral process is of paramount importance. All democracies are exposed to these problems.

Canada is not immune to foreign influence and disruption from the Internet.

Today, we are proposing changes to foreign influence and Internet disturbances that can be introduced into the Canada Elections Act.

We are closing the gap that has allowed foreign entities to spend money to influence our elections. At this time, foreign entities can spend up to $ 500.

With the passage of this bill, foreign entities will no longer be able to spend any amount of money to influence the outcome of the federal election. All registered third parties will be required to hold a Canadian bank account, and all organizations, virtual or not, that sell advertising space will not be allowed to post any campaign ads that they know to be paid for. foreign funds.

In order to fight “false news”, a new section of the bill would prohibit the distribution of documents in any form (print and online) that are intended to mislead the public as to their source.

In addition to the additions to the bill, the entire government is working hard to strengthen the defense of democracy and to ensure that we benefit from the knowledge, skills and expertise of the government’s resources. Canada.

Make the electoral process more transparent

The presence of fair rules for all is the soul of our electoral system. It is of utmost importance that political actors with the greatest financial capacity do not dominate the discourse. Canadians want to hear all the perspectives, and they deserve to hear them.

The changes we are making will increase transparency and ensure that the rules are fair to all, by establishing a pre-election period in which parties will be held accountable and costs will be capped. The pre-election period will begin on June 30 in a year in which fixed-date elections are held, and this period will continue until the election is called.

Third party spending rules will now include:

partisan advertising prior to the election call
election advertising;
partisan activities;
polls during the election period.

During the pre-election period, third parties will be required to register with Elections Canada if they spend more than $ 500 for advertising or partisan activities. They will also be held accountable for all contributions they receive in relation to election-related activities.

And as for political parties, third parties will have to use identification markers on all partisan ads, during the election and pre-election period, and publicly report their expenses to Elections Canada.

This means that Canadians – and the media – will have access to more public information about spending, both before elections and during elections.

Empower political parties to better protect the privacy of Canadians

Political parties play a unique role in our democracy, educating by mobilizing and engaging with voters.

During election campaigns, we went door-to-door for a long time, sent mail and made phone calls to talk directly to Canadians about issues of concern.

Political parties go where their constituents are, which is now – more and more – online.

As the amount of information available online is growing day by day, Canadians are concerned about their privacy and their personal information.

We believe that Canadians deserve this information to be protected.

The last package of amendments we are proposing is to ensure that political parties contribute to their fair share to protect the personal information of Canadians.

We implement privacy standards for political parties. These legislation will require political parties to have a publicly accessible and easy-to-understand policy in which they expose the manner in which they use, collect and secure the personal information of Canadians.

Parties will be required to file their privacy policies in the context of their application for registration (or re-registration) with Elections Canada.

This publicly available privacy policy should include:

A statement describing what information is collected and how it is collected;
A statement explaining how the party will protect personal information;
A statement explaining to Canadians how the party will use the personal information and under what circumstances the personal information may be sold;
A statement on employee training on the collection and use of personal information;
A statement about the collection and use of personal information from the online activity and the use of cookies by the party on its website;
The name and contact information of a designated person who can answer privacy questions.

I will also ask the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to reconsider its recent decision on privacy standards for political parties and ask it to conduct a longer-term study of party responsibilities. privacy policies.

Conclusion

The bill incorporates parts of Bill C-33 and has benefited from the cooperation of the Minister of National Defense and the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

I want to thank them for their good work and I also want to highlight the role played by the Report of the Chief Electoral Officer in preparing the Elections Modernization Act.

In the few months I have been acting as the Minister of Democratic Institutions, and since the beginning of my career, a little longer, as a federal politician, I have seen first-hand the colossal work done by the employees of Elections Canada. They are the ones who make our electoral system work smoothly, and they work tirelessly to ensure that Canadians are ready for the next election. I want to thank them for the work they do for us all. With them, the elections are in good hands.

We are committed to strengthening Canada’s democratic institutions. We are committed to maintaining the confidence of Canadians in our democratic process. We are updating applicable laws and regulations to ensure that our democratic institutions are modern, secure and transparent, as well as removing barriers to the accessibility of our democracy for all Canadians.

Thank you. It is with pleasure that I will answer your questions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Please forgive us should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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