OTTAWA — Canadian Catholic bishops are expressing concern that advance polling days for the May 2 federal election fall over the Easter weekend.
The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to the chief electoral officer asking him to accommodate Catholic staff or volunteers with Elections Canada.
Advance polls will be open on April 22, which is Good Friday, as well as April 23 and 25, which are the holiest days of the Christian calendar.
Bishop Pierre Morissette says a number of Catholics who are Elections Canada staff and volunteers have expressed concern about being required to prepare or staff polling stations on those days.
No one from Elections Canada was immediately available to comment.