Mr. Speaker, the sound of disappointment, anger, and even despair on the part of citizens who discovered to their dismay that they were not empowered to vote on election day because the deadline for being placed on the voters' list had expired still rings in my ears.
Thousands and thousands of voters across Canada could not exercise their right to vote because they were not on the list. It is on behalf of each and all who were disenfranchised on November 21 that I urge the Government, with the co-operation of all parliamentarians, to change the Canada Elections Act to provide for registration up to and including polling day regardless of whether one lives in rural or urban Canada.
Let us make sure that Canadian citizens will never again be denied the right to vote. Our fine democratic system will thus be made stronger and fair to everybody in rural as well as in urban Canada.
Subtopic: THE FRANCHISE
Sub-subtopic: VOTER REGISTRATION-CALL FOR AMENDMENT OF LEGISLATION