Sheila Fraser defends her attack on Fair Elections Act

Sheila Fraser. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Sheila Fraser. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:45 PM ET

OTTAWA — A Conservative MP has asked that witnesses before the House committee examining the government's Fair Elections Act reveal whether they're on Elections Canada's payroll.

Tom Lukiwski's letter to the chair of the procedure and House affairs committee, dated April 4, comes a day after former auditor general Sheila Fraser came out with scathing criticism of the government's Fair Elections Act.

Fraser, who in an interview called the bill an "attack on democracy," is scheduled to appear before the committee next week.

Fraser admits she has a financial relationship with Elections Canada. The agency opposes several parts of the proposed bill, including the removal of its investigative role and the elimination of vouching ó when a voter with valid identification vouches for another without proper ID.

In an interview, Fraser said she's been paid $2,450 since Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand appointed her vice-chairwoman of his elections advisory board.


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