New bill targets excessive party discipline

Publication Source: Island Tides Regional Newspaper
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On May 2, Green Leader Elizabeth May told the press about her new Private Member’s Bill called An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act (local endorsement of candidate).

‘On this day, two years ago, I was elected as Saanich-Gulf Islands’ Member of Parliament. In two years, I have seen the noxious effect of party discipline on our democracy,’ said May.

The Bill amends the Canada Elections Act to require that, where a political party has an electoral district association in a riding, a prospective candidate for the riding must have their nomination papers signed by the chief executive officer and by one board member of the electoral district association in order to stand as that party’s candidate.

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