A PLANNED NDP MOTION CALLING ON MORE POWERS FOR ELECTIONS CANADA HAS RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN SPIRIT but a potential amendment threatens to hold back government support. CBC News’ Kady O’Mailley reports today in the Inside Politics Blog that Conservative MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Dean Del Mastro supported the spirit of the motion in the House of Commons. However and the day went on after Mr. Christopherson’s announcement the NDP indicated that it intended to present a motion that would expand the powers retroactively (which I know is a word) to past elections thus including 2011.

(Click photo for link to CBC blog.)

The full text of the motion to be debated today:  

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, within six months, table amendments to the Elections Canada Act and other legislation as required that would ensure that in all future election campaigns: (a) Elections Canada investigation capabilities be strengthened, to include giving the Chief Electoral Officer the power to request all necessary documents from political parties to ensure compliance with the Elections Act; (b) all telecommunication companies that provide voter contact services during a general election must register with Elections Canada; and (c) all clients of telecommunication companies during a general election have their identity registered and verified.

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