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ISBN: 9781552211960-03


Voting and Elections

From: Laws of Government, 2/e


This chapter will outline some of the key elements of how elections to the House of Commons are regulated. It begins with a discussion of voting and electoral rights, as enshrined in the Charter and our democratic traditions, and expressed in statutory law, in particular, the Canada Elections Act. The chapter then describes how elections are triggered and who may seek office as a candidate or party. This section is followed by a nuts-and-bolts analysis of how elections are run and of the major players in administering elections. We focus in particular on the question of how elections are financed, examining public subsidies provided to parties and candidates, and limits on election expenses, contributions, and third-party spending.



Craig Forcese

Craig Forcese is an Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. There, he teaches administrative law, public international law, and national security law and runs the annual foreign policy practicum. Much of his present research and writing relates to democratic accountability, national security, and international law. Prior to joining the law school faculty, he practiced law with the Washington D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, specializing in international trade law. Craig has law degrees from the University of Ottawa and Yale University, a B.A. from McGill, and an M.A. in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He is a member of the bars of Ontario, New York and the District of Columbia. He is author of National Security Law (Irwin Law, 2008) and co-author of The Laws of Government, Second Edition (Irwin Law 2010) and International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory (Irwin Law, 2007).

Aaron Freeman

Aaron Freeman is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Premier of Ontario. For 10 years, he wrote a regular column in The Hill Times, Canada's parliamentary newspaper, and his work often appeared in Canada's leading newspapers and publications. He has provided policy and communications advice to organizations in the health, consumer, environmental, democratic reform, human rights, and international development sectors. Aaron is a part-time faculty member of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, where he has taught the law of Canadian democracy. He is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, where he was awarded the Gowling Lafleur Henderson Prize for International Trade Law.