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CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Fundamental freedoms - Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression - Freedom of expression - Democratic rights - Right to vote and hold elected office

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 AM  

Application by Mitchell calling into question the constitutionality of the special ballot provisions set out in the Newfoundland and Labrador Elections Act (Act). Sections 86 to 86.10 of the Act permitted special ballot voting prior to the deadline for the official nomination of candidates and even before the issuance of the writ of election. The impugned provisions were challenged on the basis that they violated the democratic rights set out in s. 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter) and, when read in...