In this past week’s election, we saw again why it’s so crucial for the health of our democracy that we bring forward the Charter Challenge for Fair Voting. Voter turnout fell to about 62% of registered voters (probably only about 55% of eligible voters) - near historical lows - and less than 48% of voters ended up voting for an elected MP, so the parliament we asked for is once again not the parliament that we got.
Therefore, we’re pleased to share an important update this week from the government’s lawyers on the timeline for the case. Here’s what to expect:
Federal Government to Submit Evidence (early spring 2022) - The government told us they expect to recruit four experts who will likely file their affidavits in the spring.
We File Reply Evidence (late spring 2022) - Once we receive the government’s expert affidavits, we will have the opportunity to review them and file additional evidence in response. This will help strengthen our arguments and case. Thanks to your recent donations and support, we have the resources needed to get through this stage of the work.
We Draft Our Factum (summer 2022) - Once we have received the government’s evidence and replied to it, our lawyer (Nicolas Rouleau) will draft the factum (the written argument we provide to the courts prior to the hearing). We will start fundraising for this phase of the case shortly.
We Go to Court! (late fall 2022) - Sometime later this fall or winter, we expect to work out an agreement with the government when the case will be heard in court. At this point, we are anticipating that the hearing will take place in late fall 2022.
Over the next several months, we’re committed to the following.
- Continuing to share details from our expert affidavits with you - our donors and supporters.
- Organizing a webinar for donors with our lawyer in November. Please save the date: November 17, 2021!
- Raising funds to support the next stages of the case (drafting the factum and going to court).
You are making a difference and driving this case forward. Thank you again, and we look forward to providing more updates shortly.
Jesse Hitchcock, Springtide & Antony Hodgson, Fair Voting BC
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