Ottawa – The Federal Government announced democratic reforms in Bill C-33 today that include restoring voting rights to Canadian citizens living abroad. This reform is consistent with Private Members’ Bill C295 introduced by Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London-Fanshawe in June.

“I’m very pleased to see that Minister Monsef has seen reason on this issue. I’ve heard from Canadians abroad and their families here in Canada. They are eager to participate in the democratic process and concerned with justice and fairness in representation. This is an injustice that simply must be addressed.”

Mathyssen noted that this move on the government’s part brings Canada in line with democracies across the globe in extending the franchise to their citizens living abroad.

“As I’ve said from the beginning, this is just the right thing to do. I congratulate the government on seeing that and acting on it. I look forward to further progress on democratic reform in this Parliament.”