Saturday , January 16 2021

The liberal electoral reform bill becomes law on the last day of a parliamentary session

After receiving the royal monarchy today – the last day of the current parliament sitting before the Christmas holidays – the reform bill of the Liberal Government, C-76, now the law.

The Trudo government presented the C-76 last year. This limits the length of federal elections, limits the amount of expenses allowed in the pre-campaign period, acts to prevent foreign interference and introduces new laws regulating third party political activity.

On third parties, the bill will require them to use a designated Canadian bank account to pay related expenses in the election. It also limits their spending on advertising, surveys and activities related to other choices to $ 1 million in the two months before the election is called, and to $ 500,000 during the campaign.

Commissioner of Elections Yves Côté told CBC in October that Parliament should adopt C-76 by December to give it powers to fight foreign interference in social media abuse in the upcoming federal elections, scheduled for October 2019.

"We reached a critical moment, and I would say that if this bill does not pass by December, we will be in a very difficult situation," he said.

Chief Election Officer Stefan Perolt also called the C-76 to be adopted briefly to give him time to implement it during the next election.

Arms trade and border security

Other bills received by the royal monarchy today include the C-21, introduced by Secretary of Public Security Ralph Goodyle more than two years ago.

The bill will implement an "entry / exit program" to track when individual Canadians enter and exit the country – information that has not always been collected in the past.

Bill C-47, the Law for the Amendment of the Export Law and Import Permits, was also received by the Royal Kingdom. This allows Canada to join the International Arms Trade Treaty, which the Liberals promised to do during the 2015 campaign.

And C-51 became law on Thursday. The act of purifying the criminal law of old, outdated laws – often referred to as "zombie laws" – clarifies the code when it comes to sexual assault law.

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