Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time today with the member for La Pointe-de-l'Île.
I have seen a lot of legislation come and go in this House in almost 17 years. I have participated in vigorous debates in the House where we have opposed legislation and some occasions where we have supported government legislation.
However, I have to say that this particular bill that is before us today, Bill C-23, the so-called fair elections act, is something that I feel angry about, actually, I have to say.
First, it is being debated under a closure motion, I might say. We now have had over 50 different times in this House that the Conservative government has used closure to, in effect, limit and gag debate. That, in and of itself, is very offensive.
However, what I find very problematic about the bill is that Canadians are being told that it is a fair elections act and that it would deal with, for example, the election fraud that was so widespread in the last election.
Let us remember that it is the Conservative government and the Conservative Party that have the worst track record on breaking election laws in this country, whether it was the in-and-out scheme or whether it was the robocalls that were designed simply to suppress opposition votes.
The guise of the bill is to deal with election fraud.
However, when we actually examine the bill, we can see that there are so many other elements of the bill that are actually designed to undermine the role of Elections Canada and the Chief Electoral Officer.