Liberals, NDP call on Harper to introduce election fraud bill

OTTAWA — Liberal and NDP MPs Wednesday called on the Conservative government to follow through on its commitment to tighten election rules meant to prevent election fraud.

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper needed to put new rules against illegal “voter suppression” in place in time for four federal byelections which will soon be called.

“Timing is tight,” Goodale said. But he noted that Elections Canada had put forward proposals to help prevent such fraud earlier this year. “You don’t need to reinvent the wheel in terms of how to change the law, Elections Canada has already done its own work.”

Craig Scott, NDP critic for parliamentary and democratic reform, said legislation can’t be passed or implemented before the byelections, and may not even be in place before the next general election in 2015. In October 2012, Scott tabled a private member’s bill to “prevent and…

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