Mathyssen Calls on Truppe to Join Opposition to (un)Fair Elections Act
April 23rd, 2014 - 5:47pm
"We are asking London North Centre Conservative MP Susan Truppe to join the NDP in voting against the Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, in the House of Commons. It is a matter of democracy and the legitimate voting rights of many people," said London MP Irene Mathyssen, standing at the gates of the University of Western Ontario today in Truppe's riding.
“We will do everything we can to stop this Bill from being passed in Parliament. It will only weaken our democracy”, said NDP leader Tom Mulcair. “It is in this vein, that I am asking all Conservative MPs to find the courage to stand up and defend every Canadian’s right to vote.”
In addition to Mrs. Truppe, New Democrats are publicly inviting several Conservative MPs to join ranks with opponents of this destructive bill, which would not only strip thousands of Canadians of their right to vote, but remove Elections Canada’s powers of investigation and ability to educate voters.
“There is a good reason over 500 experts, including four professors at Western University, have publicly opposed this bill and called for it to be defeated. Never before in our history has a government used its majority to pass a bill that gives its party a clear-cut advantage in the next general election. It’s an antidemocratic initiative that must be blocked by Parliamentarians from all parties", Mathyssen said, adding that Western University and Fanshawe College students in London are among those most likely to be denied their democratic right to vote if MP Truppe allows this legislation to pass.