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The Canadian Expat

Editorial

The Canadian Expat is disappointed and perplexed by the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision to uphold federal voting restrictions that deny Canadians the right to vote in a federal election if they have been living abroad for more than five years.

This decision is bad for democracy, bad for Canada and bad for improving voter participation. We offer four reasons as to why this is the case.

Read more: Yes, Canadians living abroad should have the right to vote

On May 2, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice invalidated certain provisions of the Canada Elections Act that prevented non-resident electors from voting by special ballot in federal electoral events if the electors had resided abroad for five consecutive years or more. The decision is effective immediately. Accordingly, Elections Canada will no longer apply those provisions.

Read more: Five-year Rule Eliminated for Canadian Expat Voters

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