Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Denial of Voting Rights to Expats

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has upheld a provision of the Elections Act (Canada) that denies Canadian citizens who have lived abroad for more than 5 years the right to vote in federal elections.

In the ruling issued today, the Court held that the provision denying expats the right to vote contravened section 3 of the Charter (which guarantees Canadians the right to vote) but was justified by section 1 of the Charter as a reasonable limit on such right.

 

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