A Canadian woman who recently met Justin Trudeau in London says the prime minister indicated a willingness to review a law disenfranchising long-term expats. In an interview from the U.K., Laura Bailey says she met Trudeau at a reception at the Canadian High Commission on Nov. 25 as he moved through the crowd and shook his hand. “I hope you can reinstate my right to vote in the next election,” Bailey said she told Trudeau. “He said to me, ‘We’ll work on that,’ with a little cutesy smile. Then I took a selfie with him.”
While it wasn’t a firm promise to repeal the legislation, Bailey said she took it as “promising” that Trudeau seemed to be at least willing to consider revamping the rules. There was no response from the Prime Minister’s Office to a request for comment.
An Elections Canada spokesman noted that Trudeau, who has pledged various democratic reforms, has also promised to repeal parts of the Conservative legislation known as Bill C-23 – the Fair Elections Act – that critics complain made it harder for some to vote.