News Releases

Harper Government Introduces Citizen Voting Act

Ottawa, December 10, 2014 - Today, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre introduced the Citizen Voting Act to help ensure everyone who votes is a Canadian citizen and to require voters living abroad to follow the ID rules set out in the Fair Elections Act. The bill will fill the void created in the aftermath of the Ontario Superior Court decision (Frank et al. v. Attorney General of Canada) which struck down the previous rules on voting in Canadian elections while living abroad.

Harper Government addresses Supreme Court ruling on Senate Reference

Ottawa, ON (April 25, 2014) – The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, today commented on the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Senate reference.

“Our Government asked the Supreme Court of Canada for a legal instruction manual on how to proceed with Senate reform. We now have that manual.

“On February 1, 2013, six questions were put to the Supreme Court to clarify which of the amending procedures in the constitution were appropriate to bring much needed change to the Upper Chamber.

Government Supports Amendments to Fair Elections Act

Ottawa, ON (April 25, 2014) – Today Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, announced the Government would support amendments to the Fair Elections Act, in anticipation of the House Committee on Procedure and House Affairs’ clause-by-clause review of the bill that will take place next week.

The amendments supported by the Government include:

Harper Government Introduces Fair Elections Act

Ottawa, ON, February 4, 2014 – Today Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, introduced a sweeping bill designed to protect the fairness of federal elections.

“The Fair Elections Act will ensure everyday citizens are in charge of democracy, by putting special interests on the sidelines and rule-breakers out of business,” said Minister Poilievre.

Statement by Minister of State Poilievre on the Supreme Court of Canada Hearings on Senate Reform

Ottawa, ON (November 12, 2013) – The Right Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today issued the following statement:

"Today marks the opening of the hearings in the Supreme Court for our Government’s reference on the Senate. Our Government has asked the top Court for a legal instruction manual on Senate reform and Senate abolition. Canadians have waited 146 years for the Senate to change. This reference to our nation's top jurists will light the way.”

Harper Government Advances Senate Reform

Ottawa, ON (July 31, 2013) – The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, today announced that the Government is submitting factums for references on Senate reform that will be heard respectively in the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Harper Government Advances Senate Reform

Ottawa, ON (February 1st, 2013) – The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, and the Honourable Claude Carignan, Senator and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, today announced the launch of a reference on Senate reform to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Government looks forward to receiving the Supreme Court’s opinion on what is required to reform the Senate and what is required to abolish the Senate.

Harper Government Welcomes Vote on Political Loans Legislation

Ottawa, ON (October 2, 2012) – The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today welcomed the vote and second-reading passage of the Political Loans Accountability Act. The bill seeks to bring greater transparency and accountability to Canada’s political financing regime by banning corporate and union political loans and by requiring loans to politicians from financial institutions to be made at market rates of interest.

Harper Government Applauds New Brunswick's Action on Senate Reform

Ottawa, ON (June 1, 2012) – The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and regional minister for New Brunswick, today applauded the introduction of An Act Respecting the Selection of Senator Nominees into the legislature of New Brunswick.

Harper Government Highlights Taxpayer Savings Through Diminished Subsidies for Political Parties

Ottawa, Ontario (May 17, 2012) – The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today highlighted the $8 million in taxpayer savings the Harper Government has achieved by phasing out the direct subsidy of political parties.

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