Opposition still wants 'vouching' in Fair Elections Act

(QMI Agency files)

(QMI Agency files)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

OTTAWA - After the news the government is open to amending its controversial Fair Elections Act, official opposition MPs continued to decry the proposal to eliminate "vouching" - a practice already been eliminated in at least five provinces and one territory.

Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre met with Conservative senators earlier this week to begin the upper chamber's "pre-study" of the bill.

Conservative sources said Poilievre indicated at the meeting he was open to amendments, something he has hinted at in the past.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Poilievre affirmed he thinks the bill is "terrific" in its current form.

"The Fair Elections Act is common sense," he said. "I think everyday Canadians would say that it's fair to expect that someone bring their ID when they show up to vote."


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