Voting outside Quebec: citizens' rights suspended – Le Journal de Montréal

Julien Morissette

Sep 26, 2022

In a recent interview, Julien Morissette, a partner in Osler’s Litigation and Insolvency & Restructuring departments, spoke to Le Journal de Montréal about the constitutional challenge of section 282 of the Québec Election Act.

Little-known, the section 282 of the Québec Election Act states that an elector who temporarily leaves the province can only exercise his or her right to vote for two years after leaving, which deprives Québec voters from a fundamental democratic right after two years of expatriation.

"What is being asked for in the future is simply that the time limit be eliminated. This is the situation at the federal level at the moment. In a way, we are asking for this principle to be extended to Québec," explained Julien.

Last June, the plaintiff Bruno Gélinas-Faucher, supported by the Osler team of Julien Morissette (partner in Litigation and Insolvency & Restructuring), François Laurin-Pratte (Litigation associate), and Quentin Montpetit (Litigation associate), filed an action before the Superior Court of Quebec to invalidate this article.

You can read the full article, available in French only, on the Le Journal de Montréal website.