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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 123
Monday, October 15, 2018, 3:32 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Larry Bagnell, Chair (Liberal)

• Elizabeth May (Green Party)
• Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois)
House of Commons
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
• Jacques Maziade, Legislative Clerk
• Stephanie Feldman, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Andre Barnes, Analyst
• Hon. Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions
Privy Council Office
• Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor
• Manon Paquet, Senior Policy Advisor
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-76, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments.

The Minister made a statement and, with Jean-François Morin and Manon Paquet, answered questions.

At 4:32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:48 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

Jean-François Morin and Manon Paquet answered questions.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1, Short Title, was postponed.

The Chair called Clause 2.

On Clause 2,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by adding after line 25 on page 2 the following:

“(e.1) the ballot reconciliation reports prepared under section 283.1;”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended

(a) by adding after line 33 on page 3 the following:

“(a.1) general advocacy on an issue that does not actively promote or oppose a registered party or the election of a candidate;”

(b) by replacing line 29 on page 4 with the following:

“tered party or eligible party, otherwise than with reference to a”

(c) by adding after line 34 on page 4 the following:

“(a.1) the identifying of or commenting on the position taken on an issue by a registered party, eligible party, potential candidate or nomination contestant or the leader of a registered party or eligible party;”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Elizabeth May and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Nathan Cullen — 1;

NAYS: Vance Badawey, Chris Bittle, David de Burgh Graham, Stephanie Kusie, Linda Lapointe, John Nater, Scott Reid, Ruby Sahota — 8.

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 18 on page 4 with the following:

future elector means a Canadian citizen who is 16 years”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended

(a) by adding after line 20 on page 4 the following:

governing party means a political party whose leader is the Prime Minister or another Minister (parti au pouvoir).”

(b) by adding after line 29 on page 6 the following:

“(8) In respect of a governing party, the definition partisan advertising includes travel and accommodation expenses incurred within Canada during the pre-election period by

(a) members of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada who are Senators or Members of the House of Commons and members of a governing party, where such expenses are allowed or paid under an Act of Parliament other than the Parliament of Canada Act;

(b) ministers of state or parliamentary secretaries who are Senators or Members of the House of Commons and members of a governing party, where such expenses are allowed or paid under an Act of Parliament other than the Parliament of Canada Act; and

(c) persons appointed by ministers under subsection 128(1) of the Public Service Employment Act, where such expenses are allowed or paid under an Act of Parliament.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 6.

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 22 on page 5 with the following:

“April 30 before the day set in accordance with subsection”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Elizabeth May and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 8.

John Nater moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 22 on page 5 with the following:

“January 1, in the case of a third party, and June 30, in any other case, before the day set in accordance with subsection”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of John Nater and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Nathan Cullen moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 27 on page 5 with the following:

“(b) the 37th day before the Sunday referred to in sub-”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Nathan Cullen and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 7.

The Chair ruled that the following ten (10) amendments were consequential to the previous amendment and therefore they were also negatived:

That Bill C-76 be amended by adding after line 25 on page 26 the following new clause:

“46.1 Subsection 56.1(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(2) Subject to subsection (1), each general election must be held on the third Sunday of October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last general election, with the first general election after this subsection comes into force being held on Sunday, October 20, 2019.”

That Bill C-76 be amended by adding after line 25 on page 26 the following new clause:

“46.1 (1) Subsection 56.2(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

56.2 (1) If the Chief Electoral Officer is of the opinion that a Sunday that would otherwise be polling day under subsection 56.1(2) is not suitable for that purpose, including by reason of its being in conflict with a day of cultural or religious significance or a provincial or municipal election, the Chief Electoral Officer may choose another day in accordance with subsection (4) and shall recommend to the Governor in Council that polling day be that other day.

(2) Subsection 56.2(4) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(4) The alternate day must be either the Sunday immediately following the Sunday that would otherwise be polling day or the Sunday after that.”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 47, be amended by adding after line 31 on page 26 the following:

“(2) Subsection 57(3) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(3) Subject to section 56.2, polling day shall be on a Sunday.

(3) Subsection 57(4) of the Act is repealed.

(4) Subsection 57(5) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(5) If the day fixed for the vote is a Monday because of section 56.2, any time period specified under this Act before or after polling day is to be calculated as if polling day were the Sunday.”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 48, be amended by replacing lines 12 to 14 on page 28 with the following:

“polling day fixed under paragraph 57(1.2)(c) is a Monday because of section 56.2, it is deemed to be a Sunday.”

That Bill C-76 be amended by adding after line 24 on page 32 the following new clause:

“55.1 Section 69 of the Act is replaced by the following:

69 The closing day for nominations shall be Sunday, the 21st day before polling day.”

That Bill C-76 be amended by adding after line 37 on page 34 the following new clause:

“60.1 Subsections 77(1) and (2) of the Act are replaced by the following:

77 (1) If a candidate endorsed by a registered party dies after 2:00 p.m. on the 5th day before the closing day for nominations and before the close of polling stations on polling day, the election is postponed and the returning officer shall, after communicating with the Chief Electoral Officer, fix the 2nd Sunday after the death as the closing day for nominations in that electoral district.

(2) Notice of the day fixed under subsection (1) shall be given by a further Notice of Election distributed and posted as specified by the Chief Electoral Officer, and there shall also be named by the Notice of Election a new polling day, which shall be Sunday, the 21st day after the day fixed under that subsection.”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 119, be amended by replacing line 2 on page 61 with the following:

“a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sun-”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 120, be amended

(a) by replacing line 5 on page 61 with the following:

“120 (1) The portion of section 172 of the Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

172 Each returning officer shall, not later than Friday, the 16th day before polling day,

(1.1) Subparagraphs 172(a)(iii) and (iv) of the ”

(b) by replacing line 27 on page 61 with the following:

“(2) The Chief Electoral Officer shall, not later than Fri-”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 123, be amended by replacing line 31 on page 64 with the following:

“123 (1) Subsection 176(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(1) As soon as possible after the close of advance polling stations on Sunday, the 7th day before polling day, the returning officer shall have the original copy of the record of votes cast collected from the advance polling stations.

(2) Subsection 176(3) of the Act is replaced by”

That Bill C-76 be amended by adding after line 29 on page 88 the following new clause:

“181.1 Section 266 of the Act is replaced by the following:

266 The counting of votes shall commence on a date to be fixed by the Chief Electoral Officer or, if no date is fixed, on Tuesday, the 5th day before polling day.”

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by adding after line 3 on page 6 the following:

“(8.1) Section 2 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (2):

(2.1) For the purposes of this Act, the following do not constitute coordination:

(a) endorsement of a registered political party, registered candidate, registered nomination contestant or registered leadership contestant, or the communication directly, in any form, of such an endorsement by a person, group, corporation or trade union to their members, employees or shareholders, as the case may be;

(b) inquiries as to the position of a registered political party, registered candidate, registered association, registered nomination contestant or registered leadership contestant in respect of legislation or policy-related matters;

(c) the exchange of publicly available information;

(d) joint attendance at a public event or an invitation to attend a public event;

(e) the use of a common vendor; or

(f) the communication of information that is not material to the carrying out of partisan activities, partisan advertising or election surveys.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Elizabeth May and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 7.

The Chair ruled that the following eight (8) amendments were consequential to the previous amendment and therefore they were also negatived:

That Bill C-76, in Clause 223, be amended

(a) by replacing line 1 on page 114 with the following:

“maximum amount or acting in coordination with another”

(b) by replacing line 6 on page 114 with the following:

“act in coordination with each other — including by sharing”

(c) by replacing line 13 on page 114 with the following:

“coordination with each other — including by sharing infor-”

(d) by replacing line 23 on page 114 with the following:

“be a candidate under section 477 — shall act in coordination”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 225, be amended

(a) by replacing line 12 on page 126 with the following:

“mum amount or acting in coordination with another third”

(b) by replacing line 17 on page 126 with the following:

“act in coordination with each other — including by sharing”

(c) by replacing line 23 on page 126 with the following:

“(2) No third party and no candidate shall act in coordination”

(d) by replacing line 31 on page 126 with the following:

“agent — shall act in coordination with each other — including”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 262, be amended

(a) by replacing line 11 on page 154 with the following:

“cluding by acting in coordination with a potential candidate”

(b) by replacing, in the English version, line 17 on page 154 with the following:

“in in coordination with the party; and”

(c) by replacing line 21 on page 154 with the following:

“coordination with a registered party for the purpose of the”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 264, be amended by replacing line 18 on page 155 with the following:

“section 349, shall act in coordination with each other for the”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 336, be amended

(a) by replacing line 31 on page 192 with the following:

“contravenes subsection 349.3(1) (coordinating to influ-”

(b) by replacing line 34 on page 192 with the following:

“ingly contravenes subsection 349.3(2) (coordinating to in-”

(c) by replacing line 38 on page 192 with the following:

“(coordinating to influence third party);”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 337, be amended

(a) by replacing line 5 on page 194 with the following:

“contravenes subsection 351.01(1) (coordinating to influ-”

(b) by replacing line 8 on page 194 with the following:

“travenes subsection 351.01(2) (coordinating to influence”

(c) by replacing line 11 on page 194 with the following:

“knowingly contravenes subsection 351.01(3) (coordinating”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 340, be amended

(a) by replacing line 33 on page 195 with the following:

“429.2(3) (coordinating to circumvent partisan advertising”

(b) by replacing line 4 on page 196 with the following:

“431(2) (coordinating to circumvent election expenses lim-”

(c) by replacing line 29 on page 196 with the following:

“section 429.2(3) (coordinating to circumvent partisan ad-”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 343, be amended by replacing line 22 on page 198 with the following:

“contravenes subsection 477.52(2) (coordinating to circum-”

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by adding after line 29 on page 6 the following:

“(8) In respect of every political party whose leader is the Prime Minister or another Minister, the definition partisan advertising includes any advertising or other messages sent by the Government of Canada during the pre-election period unless, in the opinion of the Chief Electoral Officer, the message was necessary for the health and safety of Canadians.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 2, be amended by adding after line 29 on page 6 the following:

“(8) Paragraph (b) of the definition election advertising and paragraph (b) of the definition partisan advertising, in respect of a book of which the author or editor is a member of the Senate or the House of Commons, the leader of a registered party or an eligible party, a candidate or potential candidate shall not apply during

(a) a pre-election period;

(b) an election period for a general election held on a day in accordance with subsection 56.1(2) or section 56.2; or

(c) an election period for any general election other than one referred to in paragraph (b) or for a by-election, if, on the issue of the writ or writs, the distribution, promotion or sale of the book cannot be postponed or cancelled.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Clause 2 carried.

On Clause 3,

David de Burgh Graham moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 3, be amended by replacing line 30 on page 6 with the following:

“3 Sections 3 to 5 of the Act are replaced by the following:

3 Every person who is a Canadian citizen and who on polling day is 18 years of age or older is qualified as an elector.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of David de Burgh Graham and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 1.

The Chair ruled that the following two (2) amendments were consequential to the previous amendment and therefore they were also adopted:

That Bill C-76, in Clause 190, be amended by

(a) replacing lines 21 and 22 on page 93 with the following:

“(i) is not a Canadian citizen when he or she votes, or”

(b) replacing line 28 on page 93 with the following:

“dian citizen — when he or she votes, or”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 372, be amended by

(a) replacing lines 31 and 32 on page 228 with the following:

“(c) the elector is a Canadian citizen; and”

(b) replacing lines 10 and 11 on page 229 with the following:

“(d) the elector is a Canadian citizen when the other elector votes;”

Clause 3, as amended, carried.

Clause 4 carried.

Clause 5 carried.

On Clause 6,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 6, be amended by replacing line 23 on page 7 with the following:

“provides notice to the returning officer, at least seven days”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Clause 6 carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 7 to 14 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 15,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 15, be amended by replacing lines 23 to 28 on page 10 with the following:

“15 Section 18.1 of the Act is replaced by the following:”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 15, be amended

(a) by replacing line 5 on page 11 with the following:

“(4) Subject to subsection (5), neither an alternative voting process nor voting tech-”

(b) by adding after line 9 on page 11 the following:

“(5) Neither an alternative voting process nor voting technology that allows for a ballot to be marked, cast or counted electronically may be used in an election without the prior approval of the Senate and of the House of Commons.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

Clause 15 carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 16 to 19 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 20,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 20, be amended by replacing lines 29 to 31 on page 12 with the following:

“(4) An election officer must be qualified as an elector and, except for an election officer referred to in paragraph (1)(a), (c), (c.1) or (l) to (n), must reside in the electoral district in which he or”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Clause 20 carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 21 to 24 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 25,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 25, be amended by replacing line 32 on page 14 with the following:

“sections 71.1, 74, 77, 103, 104, 130, 293 to 298 and 300, subsection”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 5.

Clause 25 carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 26 to 28 inclusive carried severally.

On Clause 29,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 29, be amended by adding after line 21 on page 17 the following:

“34 (1) Not more than one-half of the election officers assigned to a polling station or an advance polling station shall be from among the names provided under subsection 33(1) or 37(2) by the same registered party or its registered association or candidate, as the case may be.

(2) The two election officers referred to in subsection 283(1) shall not be from among the names provided under subsection 33(1) or 37(2) by the same registered party or its registered association or candidate, as the case may be.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

Clause 29 carried.

Clause 30 carried.

On Clause 31,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 31, be amended by replacing lines 25 to 27 on page 18 with the following:

“total number of votes that the candidates of the merging parties received at that election”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Clause 31 carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 32 to 35 inclusive carried severally.

On Clause 36,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 36, be amended by replacing line 12 on page 20 with the following:

“tor’s parents or guardian or tutor if the future elector is at least 16 years of age.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Clause 36 carried.

On Clause 37,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 37, be amended by replacing line 20 on page 20 with the following:

“tors - of

(a) the lists of electors for the electoral district; and

(b) the names of electors who were on the lists of electors prepared under paragraph (a) in the preceding year but who were subsequently deleted from the Register of Electors under paragraph 52(1)(a).”

Debate arose thereon.

John Nater moved, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “tors” the following:

“— in electronic form, or in formats that include electronic form”.

The question was put on the subamendment of John Nater and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

David de Burgh Graham moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 37, be amended by replacing line 20 on page 20 with the following:

“tors — in electronic form, or in formats that include electronic form, of the lists of electors for the electoral district.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of David de Burgh Graham and it was agreed to.

The Chair ruled that the following four (4) amendments were consequential to the previous amendment and therefore they were also adopted:

That Bill C-76, in Clause 62, be amended by replacing line 31 on page 35 with the following:

“(1.1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall make available in electronic form or in formats that include electronic form, to”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 69, be amended by replacing line 33 on page 37 with the following:

“before polling day, make available in electronic form or in formats that include electronic form the most current pre-”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 70, be amended by replacing line 21 on page 38 with the following:

“(4) The Chief Electoral Officer shall make available in electronic form or in formats that include electronic form, for”

That Bill C-76, in Clause 72, be amended by replacing line 29 on page 38 with the following:

“(2) The Chief Electoral Officer shall make available in electronic form, or in formats that include electronic form, the”

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 37, be amended by adding after line 20 on page 20 the following:

“(1.1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall not make available to the member for each electoral district or to any registered party that endorsed a candidate in the electoral district in the last election any information contained in the Register of Future Electors.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Nathan Cullen, Stephanie Kusie, John Nater, Scott Reid — 4;

NAYS: Vance Badawey, Chris Bittle, David de Burgh Graham, Linda Lapointe, Ruby Sahota — 5.

Clause 37, as amended, carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 38 to 44 inclusive carried severally.

On Clause 45,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 45, be amended by adding after line 20 on page 25 the following:

“(1.1) Despite subsection (1), the Chief Electoral Officer shall not enter into an agreement governing the giving of information contained in the Register of Future Electors, or the giving of information referred to in subsection 44(2) or (3) in relation to future electors, with any body that is required under provincial law to give or to make available to political parties, entities associated with a political party or members of a legislature information relating to future electors.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Vance Badawey, Chris Bittle, Nathan Cullen, David de Burgh Graham, Stephanie Kusie, Linda Lapointe, John Nater, Scott Reid, Ruby Sahota — 9;

NAYS: — 0.

Clause 45, as amended, carried.

Clause 46 carried.

On new Clause 46.1,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76 be amended by adding after line 25 on page 26 the following new clause:

“46.1 The Act is amended by adding the following after section 56:

56.01 For greater certainty, the information contained in the Register of Future Electors shall not, except as permitted under subsection 48(1) and sections 51, 54 and 55, be provided or made available to any person who is not a member of the staff of the Chief Electoral Officer.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Stephanie Kusie, John Nater, Scott Reid — 3;

NAYS: Vance Badawey, Chris Bittle, Nathan Cullen, David de Burgh Graham, Linda Lapointe, Ruby Sahota — 6.

On Clause 47,

John Nater moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 47, be amended

(a) by replacing line 29 on page 26 with the following:

“must be no earlier than the 36th day and, subject to subsection (1.3), no later than”

(b) by adding after line 31 on page 26 the following:

“(2) Section 57 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (1.2):

(1.3) If the writ is issued during the period beginning on November 12 and ending on November 30, in a given year, the date fixed for voting shall be no later than the 57th day after the day on which the writ was issued.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of John Nater and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

John Nater moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 47, be amended by replacing line 30 on page 26 with the following:

“the 57th day after the day on which the writ was is-”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of John Nater and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Clause 47 carried on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Vance Badawey, Chris Bittle, Nathan Cullen, David de Burgh Graham, Linda Lapointe, Ruby Sahota — 6;

NAYS: Stephanie Kusie, John Nater, Scott Reid — 3.

On Clause 48,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 48, be amended

(a) by replacing line 32 on page 26 with the following:

“48 (1) Subsection 59(2) of the Act is re-”

(b) by replacing lines 1 to 4 on page 27 with the following:

“(2) Section 59 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (3):”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 48, be amended

(a) by replacing line 2 on page 27 with the following:

“termined by the Governor in Council but, subject to subsection (3.1), may be no later”

(b) by adding after line 4 on page 27 the following:

“(3.1) If the new writ is issued during the period beginning on November 12 and ending on November 30, in a given year, the date named for polling day shall be no later than the 57th day after the day on which the new writ was issued.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 2; NAYS: 6.

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 48, be amended by replacing line 3 on page 27 with the following:

“than the 57th day after the day on which the new writ was”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 5.

Clause 48 carried on division.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 49 to 51 inclusive carried severally.

On Clause 52,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 52, be amended by adding after line 3 on page 29 the following:

“(3) Section 65 of the Act is amended by striking out “and” at the end of paragraph (h), by adding “and” at the end of paragraph (i) and by adding the following after paragraph (i):

(j) a person who was a third party — or otherwise was responsible for, or signed an application for the registration of, a third party — in a previous election for which a return, report, document or declaration has not been provided under subsection 359(1) or (8) or 360(1), if the time and any extension for providing it have expired.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 5.

Clause 52 carried.

Clause 53 carried.

On Clause 54,

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That Bill C-76, in Clause 54, be amended by replacing line 9 on page 31 with the following:

“For greater certainty, any document — other than a notice of confirmation of registration sent under section 95 or 102 — may be authorized,”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Stephanie Kusie and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Stephanie Kusie, John Nater, Scott Reid — 3;

NAYS: Vance Badawey, Chris Bittle, Nathan Cullen, David de Burgh Graham, Linda Lapointe, Ruby Sahota — 6.

Clause 54 carried on division.

Clause 55 carried.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 56 to 60 inclusive carried severally.

At 7:05 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Andrew Lauzon
Clerk of the Committee