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CanadaNewsAlert: SCOC rules restrictions on expat voting unconstitutional

17:20  11 january  2019
17:20  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Supreme Court to rule on expat voting rights

Supreme Court to rule on expat voting rights TORONTO - Long-term Canadian expats are set to find out on Friday whether a now-repealed 25-year-old law barring them from voting in federal elections was constitutional. The pending decision by the Supreme Court of Canada should settle a legal battle begun in earnest during the former Conservative government of then-prime minister Stephen Harper, and which gained prominence in the election that brought the Liberals under Justin Trudeau to office. Observers said they would be watching to see whether the country's top court might justify limits on a constitutionally guaranteed right that potentially affects more than one-million Canadians who live abroad.

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NewsAlert: SCOC rules restrictions on expat voting unconstitutional © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Jamie Duong is shown in Toronto, Monday, Feb.3, 2014. Canada's top court will decide today on the validity of a now-repealed law that barred long-term Canadian expats from voting. Two Canadians living in the U.S., including Duong, launched the challenge to part of the Canada Elections Act.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Diana Mehta

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a law that had restricted voting rights for long-term expats for the last 25 years was unconstitutional.

In a ruling today, the country's top court said the restriction could not be justified.

The court said the idea of electoral fairness advanced by the government was vague.

The case was brought by two Canadians who have lived for years in the United States.

They maintained a 1993 law barring expats abroad for more than five years from voting violated their charter rights to vote.

The Liberal government scrapped the ban last month but the long-running case proceeded.

More coming.

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