Election bill is an attack on democracy: Ex-auditor general

OTTAWA — Sheila Fraser, the former auditor general who became a virtual folk hero for exposing the sponsorship scandal, is training her sights on what she sees as a new abuse by the federal government: its controversial overhaul of Canada’s election laws.

Fraser, who co-chairs an advisory board created by chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand last fall, told The Canadian Press she believes Bill C-23, if allowed to pass without significant amendments, would constitute an attack on Canada’s democracy.

Among other things, the proposed legislation would disenfranchise thousands of voters, undercut the independence of the chief electoral watchdog, impede investigations into wrongdoing, give a financial advantage to rich, established parties and undermine Canadians’ faith in the electoral system, she said.

And she urged Canadians to speak up against the sweeping bill.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/03/conservatives-elections-bill-is-attack-on-our-democracy-famed-ex-auditor-general-says/

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