Friday January 13, 2011
Voting Night Gag Law Scrutinized
Strahl wants real-time
nationwide results available instantly online
Released by Robert
Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl
dated, obsolete and unenforceable election law that prohibits Canadians from
early reporting of elections results will be repealed, promised
Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.
"The realities of 21st century communication make the enforcement of such an
archaic law impossible." Strahl added, "No government has any business
telling Canadians what they can and cannot tweet."
Via Twitter, Minister of Democratic Reform, Tim Uppal, confirmed the
Conservative Government will introduce legislation to repeal sections of the
Canada Election Act.
Originally enacted in 1938, the purpose of the Act was to prevent Western
Canadian voters from knowing results from the Atlantic Provinces before
casting their ballots. At the time, there was a four hour difference between
the closing of the polls in Atlantic Canada and in British Columbia.
To address this gap, Parliament introduced staggered voting hours in 1996.
Under staggered voting hours, only results from less than ten percent of
ridings could be available to late voters since the majority of polls across
Canada open and close at the same time. Despite this, the prohibition on the
transmission of election results remains in place.
Strahl said the Government was repealing sections of the Canada Election Act
because Canadians, such as Paul Bryan from British Columbia, have been
severely penalized for the early transmission of election results.
"We believe Canadians should be able to communicate election results free
from the fear of penalization," said Strahl.
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