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Voting Rights to be Restored to Expats through Bill C-76

The Liberal Government has introduced Bill C-76 which, among many other amendments to the Canadian Election act, removes two limitations on voting by Canadians living abroad. It will now no longer be necessary to have been residing outside Canada for less than five consecutive years.  Nor, will it be required that to intend to return to Canada to resume residence in the future.  In other words, all Canadians living abroad will be able to vote once this bill has passed.

 

The Canadian Expat, along with several other organizations have been lobbying the Liberal Government from before they were even elected.  In our article on October 13, 2015 just prior to the last Federal Election, we published a letter from Justine Trudeau. He responded to our direct question regarding voting rights for Canadian Expat by saying ``A Liberal government will restore the integrity of our electoral process and improve the fairness of our elections for all Canadians, regardless of where they live. `` Read More

The Canadian Expat is incredibly pleased with this news and will work hard to make sure that Canadians living abroad will be aware of how and where to exercise their right to vote in future elections.

-Allan Nichols-


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