Meeting New Challenges: Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the 43rd and 44th General Elections
Letter to the speaker of the House
June 7, 2022
The Honourable Anthony Rota, M.P.
Speaker of the House of Commons
House of Commons
Dear Mr. Speaker:
Pursuant to section 535 of the Canada Elections Act, I have the honour to submit my report Meeting New Challenges: Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the 43rd and 44th General Elections.
The report proposes amendments that, in my opinion, are desirable for the better administration of the Act. The report is accompanied by a separate report setting out amendments proposed by the Commissioner of Canada Elections pursuant to section 537.2 of the Act.
Under section 536 of the Act, the Speaker shall submit these reports to the House of Commons without delay. These reports are referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
Stéphane Perrault Chief Electoral Officer
Table of Contents
- Message from the Chief Electoral Officer
- Part 1: Recommendations Relating to Electoral Communications
- 1. Moving Beyond Advertising
- 2. Reviewing the Third Party Regime
- 3. Pre-Registration of Candidates
- 4. Protecting Against Threats to the Electoral Process
- 5. Regulating Channels of Electoral Communication
- 6. Protecting Individuals Receiving Electoral Communications
- Part 2: Recommendations Relating to the Administration of the Canada Elections Act
- 7. Making Canadian Elections More Accessible
- 8. Serving Political Entities
- 9. Sound Electoral Management
- 9.1. Cooperating with Provincial and Territorial Election Authorities
- 9.2. Protecting the Safety and Privacy of Returning Officers
- 9.3. Facilitating the Recruitment of Returning Officers
- 9.4. Collecting Demographic Data about Electoral Participants
- 9.5. More Flexibility for Counting Advance Poll Ballots
- 9.6. Increasing Trust in Party Expense Returns
- Appendix A: List of Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer