Press Release: MP MacGregor Pleased the Liberals will Implement his Proposed Election Length Cap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2018

MP MACGREGOR PLEASED LIBERALS WILL IMPLEMENT HIS PROPOSED ELECTION LENGTH CAP

OTTAWA – NDP MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford), was pleased to see elements of his proposed Private Member’s Bill, C-279, incorporated into the Liberal Government’s changes to the Elections Act, Bill C-76, which was introduced yesterday.

“After the marathon 78-day federal election campaign in 2015, I tabled legislation that would limit the length of federal election periods to a maximum of 46 days,” said MacGregor. “The length of the 2015 campaign resulted in the costliest election campaign in Canadian history, with political parties and third-party actors being allowed to spend millions more to bombard electors with their messages. It also cost Elections Canada $443 million to administer the election, $150 million more than 2011.”

“I am very pleased that the Government has incorporated the spirit of my legislation into their Bill C-76 by including provisions to cap the length of an election period to 50 days and placing increased spending restrictions on political parties and third-party spenders,” added MacGregor.

“While we are still evaluating C-76 more broadly, it is good to see that the Government has seen fit to include this common-sense proposal from the NDP that will go a long way towards ensuring our elections are conducted on a more level playing field.”

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Hermary, Assistant to Alistair MacGregor
250-732-1733 or alistair.macgregor.c1a@parl.gc.ca