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 10, 2011, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act, entered into a compliance agreement with Mr. Claude Létourneau (hereinafter referred to as the Contracting Party), of the town of Sainte-Thérèse, province of Québec, who was the official agent in the 2006 and 2008 federal general elections for the Liberal Party of Canada candidates in the electoral district of St-Jean.
The Contracting Party has acknowledged acts that constituted a failure to comply with section 437 of the Canada Elections Act, which requires that the official agent open a separate bank account for the sole purpose of the candidate's electoral campaign and close that account after the election, once any unpaid claim or surplus has been dealt with.
The Contracting Party acknowledged that the bank account opened for the candidate's electoral campaign for the 39th federal general election in 2006 was not closed, that the same bank account remained open and was used for the 40th federal general election in 2008, and that a new, separate bank account was therefore not opened for the 2008 general election.
The Contracting Party acknowledged and accepted responsibility for these acts, and is now aware of section 437 of the Act and the offence provisions at paragraph 497(1)(r).
Prior to the conclusion of the agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections took into consideration that the Contracting Party closed the bank account used for the candidates' campaigns in the 2006 and 2008 general elections.
August 29, 2011
William H. Corbett
Commissioner of Canada Elections