Roman Catholic election staff concerned advance polls open over Easter

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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.

Organizations: Elections Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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  • Leah
    April 07, 2011 - 08:08

    I feel that the Christian (not just Catholics) Easter weekend deserves more respect and reverence. There other dates to choose from.

  • PETER
    April 07, 2011 - 06:33

    Of course it's newsworthy. It shows how great Christianity really is, and how forgiving, and how gentle it handles this problem. Other religions would be rioting and killing if it was on their holy days or religious holidays, just look at world events in the past few months. The government would never think to do this on a Muslim or other holy day, so why on a Christian one?

  • henry
    April 07, 2011 - 00:59

    i dont think they were concerned about easter or lent when young boys were being abused sexually n physically ty

  • mary
    April 06, 2011 - 19:36

    Yes, this is newsworthy. I am surprised that Elections Canada did not consider respect for Christians when making their decison. Many places of employment are closed on Good Friday. In addition, many people travel over Easter to visit family and would not be able to take advantage of these advance polls. I BTW do not have a believe in a God and so this does not impact me directly.

  • mainlander
    April 06, 2011 - 15:07

    If you want to opt out for religious reasons, I am sure there are people who would be willing to take your spot. The date isn't going to change to accommodate one religion.

    • EuroGuy
      April 06, 2011 - 15:35

      @Mainlander: Are you volunteering? Or just mouthing off?

  • Mike
    April 06, 2011 - 14:33

    Give me a break. This is newsworthy???