In his remarks regarding the controversy surrounding the contentious Fair Elections Act, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal has alleged that the criticism of the proposed bill is overblown but also recommended both the government and opposition to unstiffen their positions and pass a law that will have broader public support.
Segal suggested that “I think everybody should take a Valium” because “it’s not as good as some people say. It’s certainly not as bad as some people say.” The intense debate surrounding the electoral reform bill is focused on the critics warning that it could disenfranchise thousands of voters. Segal dismissed as “an overreaction” the opposition to provisions in the bill that end the practice of vouching, i.e. to allow electors to vouch for the identity of another person who doesn’t have identification documents. He stated alleged “the notion that we’re going to be keeping hundreds of thousands of people from voting is fiction. It’s the worst kind of creationism.”