COMMISSIONER OF CANADA ELECTIONS
CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Compliance Agreement pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act
This Notice is published by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 521 of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c.9.
On April 11, 2002, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act, entered into a compliance agreement with the contracting party of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In this agreement, the contracting party acknowledges having breached section 7 of the Canada Elections Act, by requesting a second ballot at the general election held on November 27, 2000, after registering on polling day in the electoral district of Rivière–des–Mille–Îles. The contracting party had already voted at that election on polling day, at the electoral district of Argenteuil–Papineau–Mirabel with the mistaken belief that the second ballot would be rejected and would not be counted.
Prior to the conclusion of the agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections has taken into account that the contracting party contributed to the works of a registered non-partisan charitable organization, Émotifs Anonymes, in the city of Montreal, in the province of Quebec, as a recognition of the seriousness of the offence.
In summary, the agreement required the contracting party to:
- admit to the truthfulness of the facts and admitresponsibility for
the acts that constitute the offence;
- recognize that requesting a second ballot at the same federal election is
prohibited by the Act regardless of whether the elector intended to mark the
ballot in a way as to have it rejected;
- appreciate the gravity of his actions in the electoral process;
- undertake to comply with the provisions of the Canada Elections Act and to cast a vote only once and in accordance with the provisions of the Act where hedecides to exercise his right to vote at a future election.
Ottawa, May 2, 2002
Raymond A. Landry
Commissioner of Canada Elections