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View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the eighth meeting of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
I'd like to welcome those who are before us today: our chief electoral officer, Mr. Perrault; the deputy chief electoral officer, electoral events and innovation; and the deputy chief electoral officer, internal services.
Thank you, all of you, for being here today. We are meeting on the supplementary estimates. We'll start with a 10-minute statement and then continue on into our questioning rounds.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We will start our six-minute rounds.
Mr. Richards.
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Lib. (ON)
You have five seconds.
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Lib. (ON)
There's no further time.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
There's no further time.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Somebody else can pick up on it.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Somebody else can definitely pick up on it, and I'm sure there is an answer to it.
Mr. Gerretsen.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I'll try not to ask you a question when you have no time to respond. I want to start by saying first that what you did in Elections Canada to encourage voting in educational institutions, post-secondary institutions, was hugely successful, at least in my riding of Kingston, where we have Queen's University.
What we saw were record numbers, at least from our anecdotal perspective, of individuals going out and voting and also having the opportunity to vote back in their home ridings so easily. I have a number of students from Alberta, for example, who had the opportunity at Queen's University to vote in their home ridings. There was a very easy way to do it, rather than a complicated process.
That was very much appreciated, and I want to applaud you on that work.
I do want to ask about election preparedness. You said that you're ready, given a minority government. I have to be completely honest with you, in that I don't know how ready we were this year.
When the writ dropped, there were some stories about people showing up the next day and saying they wanted to vote by special ballot and the returning officers saying, sorry, they were not ready for that yet. Can you comment on that at all?
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
I'd encourage you to do some exit interviews with your returning officers, maybe, to find that out, because it's not just one riding or another. Also, I'm not even referring to my riding. I'm referring to what I've heard.
Another interesting thing that I found personally—and this was in my riding—is that the returning officer in my riding was extremely capable and did an excellent job. I just don't know if they had the resources that they needed in time, but I've also heard about this in other ridings.
For example, on the day the writ was issued, I went to file as a candidate and was told that they were not ready for anybody to file as a candidate. I know that this happened in other ridings too. We had to wait about five or six days. Where this poses a problem is that we can spend money in the pre-writ period through our EDAs, our electoral district associations, and that's properly recorded. We can spend money as a candidate during the writ period, and that's separate, but there's this four- or five-day window between them, where, technically speaking—and you can correct me if I'm wrong—we shouldn't have been spending money.
First of all, is that correct?
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
There is provision for that. Okay. Great.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Online...? I'm sorry to interrupt, but I did try the online link. I was set to go. We were ready to hit the click button and then were told, “No, we don't have your special code that you need to enter.” We said that was fine, that we would come and do it in person. When we went to do it in person, they said, “No, we're not ready for you to do this in person yet.”
Again, I want to stress that I would not be saying this if it was just my riding. I've heard this from multiple ridings.
I guess there's a bigger question here. I have two minutes and I want to give you time to answer this. There was a majority government. We knew four years in advance exactly when the election date was going to be. This is a minority Parliament now. We don't know.... The election could be called this afternoon, for all we know, but hopefully not, for our sake and yours. If it is called, how can you reassure Parliament that you're ready to go and all the systems are in place? I'd like to give you the remaining minute and a half to answer that.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
I have 30 seconds remaining. Have you done or will you do any kinds of exit interviews with returning officers to discover best practices and to learn?
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Madame Normandin. Welcome to the committee as well.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Perrault.
There's not very much time left, 10 seconds.
We'll go to Ms. Blaney.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Ms. Blaney.
Mr. Brassard.
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