Feds in court Tuesday fighting against long-term expats' right to vote
Rows of pallets with supplies for polling stations wait for shipment at Elections Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 6, 2015 5:58AM CST
TORONTO -- Ontario's top court begins grappling today with the issue of whether long-term Canadian expats should have the right to vote.
Ottawa is appealing a lower court ruling that says they do have that right.
In that earlier decision, a judge declared a section of the Canada Elections Act unconstitutional.
That section barred those living abroad for more than five years from voting in federal elections.
Ottawa says the restriction is justified in a free and democratic society.
Two expats, however, argue the five-year cut-off is arbitrary and unreasonable.