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View Peter Kent Profile
CPC (ON)
I wonder if Mr. Roussel would reaffirm the comment that I believe he made at the last meeting, that to fully implement all of the provisions of Bill C-19, Elections Canada would require the full 90 days.
Michel Roussel
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Michel Roussel
2021-06-18 13:11
Thank you.
I am pleased to reaffirm that. I would add, Madam Chair, that the Chief Electoral Officer had once indicated that it might take at least 120 days to fully and properly implement Bill C-19, so it will certainly be at least 90 days, to reassure the members.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
That was a good question, Mr. Kent.
Mr. Blaikie.
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
Along that same line, in the event that Bill C-19 did not pass Parliament before the summer, and passed, let's say, sometime in September or October, it would then likely take 90 to 120 days from that point in order to implement the provisions of C-19, or would you expect that these provisions would be implemented by September, whether the bill passes or not?
Michel Roussel
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Michel Roussel
2021-06-18 13:12
We will do whatever is possible to implement the provisions of the bill within the deadline that will have been set by law. I cannot speculate on where we will be in September, as you can understand.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
This is a question from me.
In the past, with election legislation, I know that your office has worked toward figuring out how to implement certain things before the legislation has passed. Is that something you would be looking at doing? Would you be figuring out what would need to be in place if the legislation was to pass ahead of time?
Have you already been doing some of that work?
Michel Roussel
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Michel Roussel
2021-06-18 13:12
As you may know, in the context of the current legislation, there are things that the Chief Electoral Officer can do to adapt the current provisions of the act to effect a certain number of adaptations to the procedures. These would probably be put in operation—might be ready—before the 90-day deadline, and I would expect that. However, some of the more fundamental provisions.... When you talk about three-day voting, it is clearly at least 90 days' worth of work to put that in place.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Okay. Some aspects could be done sooner than others. Thank you.
Ms. Petitpas Taylor.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Also, thank you to the officials for being here.
Monsieur Roussel, I have a question for you. I come from the province of New Brunswick and we had an election last year. Again, the government of the day was in a minority legislature and we didn't really know when an election was going to arise. I spoke to the New Brunswick chief electoral officer, who indicated that they had to be ready at any time for a potential election regardless of whether there was a pandemic or not.
I'm just wondering, because we are in a minority Parliament setting and knowing how efficient that you guys always are with respect to putting things in place, whether we would be prepared for an election should one arise at this point in time.
Let's be clear. None of us wants an election. I always say we are certainly not the ones voting against our government right now, so our voting record shows that we don't want a pandemic election. However, I'm just wondering if we would be prepared if one was to arise.
Michel Roussel
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Michel Roussel
2021-06-18 13:14
Thank you for your question and your kind words.
I wish to reassure you that we would be prepared to hold an election should one happen.
View Ruby Sahota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Roussel.
Are there any further questions, or is there any further debate?
Ms. Petitpas Taylor.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
To qualify that, you could run an election. For the record, could we have an election run safely ?
Michel Roussel
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Michel Roussel
2021-06-18 13:15
Yes, we would have an election run safely. We are prepared for that.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Turnbull.
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