This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian expatriots maintain their right to vote in Canadian elections. In other words, citizens that leave Canada and reside permanently abroad are still able to cast ballots in their former home country.
Previously, according to Global News, Canadians who lived outside the country for more than five years were unable to vote. While the federal Liberal government abandoned that restriction last year, this ruling cements the voting rights of people who have quit Canada.
TL;DR The Supreme Court ruled today that Canadians living permanently abroad still have the right to vote in Canadian elections. Reactions from the public are mixed.
Most reactions to the report from Global News, who broke the news about the ruling, are negative. Many claim that it is not fair that people who are not subject to most Canadian laws will still have a say in their formation.
Supreme Court is becoming a joke.— Bryan Dion (@Bdion99) January 11, 2019
But they don't LIVE here.— the john system (@snlug) January 11, 2019
Many also targeted the Supreme Court.
Wrong!— Hollywood (@Hollywood009) January 11, 2019
The Supreme Court is a farce.
Shocking decision SCoC ! You can live in #Mexico for 25 yrs & still vote in a Canadian election ! No wonder Canadians are livid with our Justice System !! #Liberal #Judges... Supreme Court of Canada guarantees voting rights for expats | CBC News https://t.co/jYF5axvXfi— Debber (@wallydebling) January 11, 2019
If you haven’t lived or paid taxes in Canada for the past 3 years, you should lose the rights to vote.— Claudine Hodgson (@ClaudineHodgson) January 11, 2019
don’t live in Canada or pay taxes in Canada BUT you want to vote to decide what government Canada gets pic.twitter.com/cnZgz54u9C— K4C (@K4C) January 11, 2019
You don't live here, you shouldn't vote.— Information is Ammunition (@InfoIsAmmo) January 11, 2019
You don't pay taxes, you shouldn't vote.
You're a citizen of another country, you shouldn't vote.
Voting is not a right. It's a privilege. Democracy fails when we cheapen that privilege.
But the assertion that Canadians living abroad don't pay taxes isn't entirely true. These people must still file with the CRA, according to The Globe and Mail.
It should also be noted that many responses to the ruling expressed concerning xenophobia. Some fear the possibility that children born in Canada to non-Canadian parents could vote in elections despite spending their entire lives outside the country.
Still other people rejoiced that Canadians around the world, who may have moved to pursue an employment opportunity, will now be able to exercise their right to vote.
Previously, expats lost right to vote in #Canadian elections after 5 years abroad. Supreme Court of #Canada ruling now guarantees voting rights for expats, recognises voting as fundamental right of #citizenship regardless of time abroad. #democracy ❤ https://t.co/5M8zLAHoKy— Emma Arnold (@theIAE) January 11, 2019
What do you think of the Supreme Court ruling?