Canada refuses to allow Tunisian-Canadians to vote in Tunisia's first free elections

Tunisia's first free elections since its independence in 1956, and the first elections since the ouster of the country's autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, are scheduled to take place on October 23, 2011. The vote is for Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly, which will write a new constitutional framework for Tunisia's future political system. But, as things stand now, Tunisian-Canadians will not be casting ballots. The Canadian government is refusing to allow the Tunisian embassy to open polling stations in Canada, even inside Tunisian diplomatic centres. The Link's Marc Montgomery speaks with activist Haroun Bouazzi, the spokesman for the Canadian Collective of Solidarity with the Tunisian Struggle for Social Justice.( Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick )



Photo: Tunisian Canadian Faycel Farza takes part in a very small rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Feb. 2, 2011. The rally was calling on the government to freeze the assets of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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