What is appropriate influence in an election?
CBC Radio ·
It’s time for Canadians to ask themselves how much Elections Canada should be involved in mobilizing voters, one expert says.
The election agency has come under fire from the Conservatives in recent weeks as it prepares to announce a list of 13 influencers — Olympians, TV stars and music icons — who will play a role in encouraging young voters to cast a ballot in the upcoming federal election.
Young people tend to vote at lower rates than other age cohorts, and when they do vote, it tends to favour left-leaning parties.
MP Pierre Poilievre called the move “gross” and tweeted “hard to trust the Liberal lapdogs at Elections Canada.”
The issue also sparked debate about if and how the election agency should be involved in mobilzing voters before an election, says Amanda Clarke, a Public Affairs Research Excellence chair at Carleton University.