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Elections Canada ordered to ensure polling stations accessible to all

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Elections Canada to make all polling stations accessible for the disabled.

The tribunal acted on a complaint from Peter Hughes, a Toronto man with polio.

Hughes went to vote in a March 2008 byelection in the riding of Toronto Centre only to find the polling station was in a church basement and not wheelchair accessible.

The same thing happened seven months later in the last general election.

He says it was “humiliating” to have to crawl downstairs on the seat of his pants so he could vote.

Hughes says he’s thrilled his complaint has been supported by the tribunal in ordering all federal election polling stations to be wheelchair accessible.

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