No More Burkas To Be Allowed At Quebec Voting Booths?
In a move by Conservative MP Steven Blaney this morning, a private member’s bill was brought before Parliament that would require all voters to show their faces in order to cast ballots at the polls for Federal elections.
MP Blaney stated that the bill is an effort to “strengthen public confidence in our democratic system.”
The current system does not require female Muslim voters to reveal their faces. They can either show photo ID to an official, remove the burka in private in front of a female official or swear an oath of truthfulness regarding their identity.
The bill, C-623, contains amendments to Canada’s Election’s Act that would require all voters to show their faces in order to be issued a ballot at polling places. The only exception to this rule would be for health reasons.
The Bill, C-623, does not affect special ballots cast prior to election day. These ballots are either mailed in or cast at one of the returning offices.
More than 250,000 Canadians currently vote by special ballot and the option is available to any person preferring that method of voting.
This move follows a recent motion passed banning Sikhs bringing ceremonial daggers into the legislative building.