I had heard the Quebec had made some changes to the requirements for registering as a voter. I had no idea that it was the inspiration for C-23's voter id requirements which I have analyzed in depth already.
She, again asked me what documentation I had, and I again began to list it out when she told me that my documentation did not seem to be adequate. I pulled out the voter's manual that had been mailed to me by the organization for which she worked and pointed out that it said I merely needed two identity papers to register, and that I had the birth certificate and drivers license which were given as examples.
She pointed to the Can You Vote section where the conditions for voting were listed. She said that I did not meet the third condition, "domiciled in Quebec for at least the past six months" and that my documents did nothing to prove that. I insisted that I had gone online to find out the additional documentation I'd need and had come prepared with bank statements and letters from businesses and elected representatives. She rejected that such information had been put out by her organization.I cannot believe how arbitrary this sounds. Basically the woman at the voter registration office is arbitrarily deciding that perfectly legitimate documentation is somehow inadequate.
This is nothing less than deliberately throwing obstacles in the way of someone participating in our electoral system. It is as much a violation of the basic tenets of democracy in this nation as the voter id and giving control over the voting stations to partisan employees is in Bill C-23.
Electoral reform needs to make easier for more people to engage in our electoral process, not shut more people out. Marois' electoral reforms in Quebec do not do that, and neither will Bill C-23.