Dear Division 16,
This week, we studied the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You learned about the many ways that the rights of Canadians are protected, including our right to participate in democratic processes.
A new law was passed recently called the “Fair Elections Act”. The government described the law as being aimed at reducing voter fraud. Before the law was passed, people could vote by showing their voter information card at a polling station as proof of residency, or have another verified voter “vouch” for their identity. Now, additional identification is required to ensure that those voting at polling stations are who they say they are. This is aimed at ensuring that those casting ballots provide proof of identity.
Critics say that students living away from home, Aboriginal people, seniors in long-term care homes and the homeless may find it more difficult or make it impossible for them to vote despite being a citizen..
Please read these two articles and comment on whether you think this law will improve the democratic process by making it fairer, or whether you think this law makes it harder for some Canadians to use their charter rights.
Here is more detailed information about what identification is now required to vote:
In your post, please take a position supporting or opposing (for or against) the Fair Elections Act.
In your response, make sure you comment on
- whether you think this law is in the spirit of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- what, if any, effects you think this law will have on voting day
- whether you agree with the government that voter identification is important or whether you feel that these new rules make it harder for people to use their Charter Rights.
I look forward to your responses,