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Vote suppression is not Canadian

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Discouraging people from voting, even actively suppressing their right to vote, is a fine political craft in many parts of the United States, even today. It is not in Canada.

Before the 2015 election, the Harper government passed legislation forbidding Elections Canada from encouraging citizens to vote — a kinder, gentler Canadian form of vote discouragement. They also insisted there was a need to crack down on voter fraud, a virtually non-existent thing in Canada. The Liberal government has reversed the ban on Elections Canada from encouraging people to vote and insisted they do a campaign to remind citizens of the importance of exercising that right.

The Harper effort was a failure however, with 2015 showing the biggest jump in young voters in many electoral cycles. There was an angry passion in many parts of Canada to end the Harper decade. If you believe that we defeat governments, not elect them, it’s hard to see the same anger motivator this time: disillusion yes, rage no. But some of those first-time voters may be so underwhelmed by what their support won them........

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