As you consider the Fair Elections Act, your common sense may tell you it is vital to prevent fraudulent or ineligible voters from casting a ballot at any cost.
However the mathematical reality is that the effect on an election of a ineligible vote is equal to the effect of an eligible voter who is unable to vote. One gives one extra vote to a candidate, the other removes a vote from a candidate.
Any change to make it more difficult to vote will only make elections more democratic if it prevents more fraudulent or ineligible voters from voting then it discourages or prevents eligible voters from voting. Given there is every reason to believe there is virtually no fraudulent voting in Canada, any change would have to meet a very high standard before it would provide a net benefit.
If you believe in improving democracy, you must consider these factors as you vote on the measures in this bill.