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Political parties are wise to court expat voters

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If you are reading this in the Star online, sitting at home in London, L.A. or Hong Kong, you may not know that you can help choose Canada’s next government. It’s not your fault if you did not know. It has been very poorly communicated to the nearly three million Canadians who live abroad.

The Harper government tried to end the right of Canadians, even temporarily abroad, to vote. The Supreme Court overruled it. Elections Canada, perhaps nervous about the partisan heat around the issue, did virtually nothing to let Canadians abroad know they could vote in 2015. Not surprisingly, only 11,000 did. Less excusable is that they now expect that number to rise to only 30,000 this year. Less than 1.2 per cent of eligible voters! This is unacceptable.

If you are an expat Swiss, Australian or Italian, your government goes to great lengths to let you know your right to vote, provides you with registration information, sends you personalized information packages, etc. Canada provides merely a very unimpressive website.

Consider the........

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