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 February 13, 2002, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act, entered into a compliance agreement with the contracting party, the campaign manager for the Bloc Québécois in the electoral district of Louis-Hébert, Québec.
On April 10, 2002, notice of compliance was filed with the court which ended the prosecution against the contracting party, as provided for in subsection 518(2) of the Act.
In this agreement, the contracting party acknowledges his interference on November 17, 2000 at the advance poll located in the Municipal Hall of the city of Cap-Rouge. This interference has caused, for about thirty minutes, the suspension of the vote and electoral activities that were being conducted. The contracting party recognizes that no person shall wilfully obstruct election officers in the performance of their duties, thereby contravening paragraphs 43(a) and 484(3)(e) of the Canada Elections Act.
Prior to the conclusion of this agreement, the Commissioner has taken into account that the contracting party had published, on November 25, 2001 in the newspaper L'Appel de Sainte-Foy, the facts relating to his admission of responsibility. The contracting party had also made, on December 6, 2001, a charitable donation to the non-profit organization La Courtepointe, located in the city of Québec.
In summary, the agreement required the contracting party:
- to admit the truthfulness of the facts and admit responsibility for the
act that constituted an offence;
- to recognize that he should have brought his complaint to the returning
officer or Elections Canada headquarters;
- to admit that his conduct, which may have compromised the free exercise
of democratic rights, cannot be tolerated in a free democratic society;
- to be conscious that his actions have contributed, to a certain extent,
to bring discredit to the electoral process;
- to appreciate the importance of not obstructing election officers in the
performance of their duties; and
- to undertake to henceforth respect this requirement.
Ottawa, April 25, 2002
Raymond A. Landry
Commissioner of Canada Elections