COMMISSIONER OF CANADA ELECTIONS
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 August 17, 2007, the Commissioner of Canada Elections entered into a compliance agreement with the Contracting Party, of the City of Orangeville, province of Ontario, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act.
The Contracting Party has acknowledged acts that constitute an offence under section 404.1 of the Canada Elections Act, as it was then in force, that it had exceeded its contribution limit as it failed to take into account the definition of "corporation" contained in subsection 404.1(2) as it was then in force. The Contracting Party further acknowledged that any contribution in excess of the limit cannot be claimed as a federal political contribution tax credit.
Prior to the conclusion of the Agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections took into account that:
- The Contracting Party acknowledged responsibility for having exceeded its contribution limit, for the 2006 Federal General Election.
- The Contracting Party promptly sent a formal request asking for the return of the ineligible contribution from the official agent in receipt of the said contribution. The Contracting Party also produced evidence that the said ineligible contribution was returned to it shortly after.
- The Contracting Party was informed and recognized that as of January 1, 2007, changes to the Canada Elections Act prohibit corporations, trade unions and unincorporated associations from making political donations to candidates, registered electoral district associations or nomination contestants of registered parties.
October 18, 2007
Commissioner of Canada Elections