What exactly are these bums being paid for?

Here’s some cogent thoughts from another blogger, related to this post.

Chris Selley points out why the Chief Electoral Officer is correct, and niqab-wearing women can vote while veiled.  Bill C-31 is actually an incredibly sloppy and ridiculous piece of legislation that simply doesn’t require photo identification for proof of identity.  It’s an option, sure, but so is a birth certificate and a credit card statement.

“We just adopted this spring, Bill C-31, a law designed to have the visual identification of voters,” the Prime Minister told reporters in Sydney. “That’s the purpose of the law.”

If so, the law is exceedingly poorly drafted. Indeed, it explicitly lays out an option – specifically, option 2 – for those lacking photo ID. It instructs poll clerks, having determined that the voter’s name and address are on the register, to ask for either:

1.  one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and his or her name and address; or
2.  two pieces of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer each of which establish the elector’s name and at least one of which establishes the elector’s address.

Your driver’s licence alone gets you a ballot, in other words – but so does your birth certificate and a credit card statement in combination. In fact, as long as someone else who meets the ID requirements is willing to vouch for your identity, and you’re willing to swear an oath affirming it, you don’t need any identification whatsoever.

Looks like Parliament needs to do a little tweaking to their handiwork.

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  1. Alan says:

    When will we get that memo from the PMO indicating he should have caught this last time the amendments when through?

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    Well if the Prime Minister himself had had a hand in crafting it, I might be concerned… but certainly the proposing member (the Hon. Rob Nicholson, PC, MP) should have thought about it a wee bit, not to mention the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which reviewed it. That’s a 12-person, all-party committee. Plenty of shame to go around.