Disenfranchised expat Canadians are questioning whether the Liberal government is deliberately allowing legislation aimed at restoring their voting rights to wither on the vine. The concern comes as the country’s top court set a new date for hearing their constitutional battle against provisions that strip Canadians abroad for more than five years from voting in federal elections. The Supreme Court of Canada agreed just ahead of a scheduled hearing in February to a government request for an adjournment given the introduction of Bill C-33 in late November.
Among other things, the bill would allow all Canadians abroad to vote — including as many as 1.4 million expats now excluded.
“This was a fantastic move on their part. They were upholding their campaign promises,” said Gill Frank, one of two expats spearheading the constitutional battle. “Nothing has happened since.”