The Conservative government’s ‘Fair Elections Act’ will be challenged in Ontario Superior court by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students.
Lawyer Steven Shrybman will represent them.
Shrybman says the Act violates the Charter rights of Canadians.
“In our view the Canada Elections Act, particularily in the way the Conservative government has reformed it, created new impediments for Canadians. Some of whom like students, and the elderly, and First Nations were already having some difficulty satisfying the requirements of the Act.”
He says his clients also have concerns about fraud but not what he calls the “bogus” concerns of the government but rather to do with robo-calls.
“Misleading, or deceptive, or harassing calls that are placed in large numbers on behalf of a political party in order to discourage there opponents supporters from getting to the polls. The Conservative government has amended the Act in a way that makes it far harder to detect and for Canadians to learn about and that also is breach of the Charter in our view.”
While Shrybman already anticipates an appeal he is hopeful the court can nullify the Act before the 2015 federal election.