Compliance Agreements



Compliance Agreement

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 December 23, 2010, the Commissioner of Canada Elections entered into a compliance agreement with Ms. Helen Sterzer (hereinafter referred to as the Contracting Party), of the city of Winnipeg, province of Manitoba, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act.

The Contracting Party has acknowledged acts that constituted a failure to comply with subsection 405.2(4) of the Canada Elections Act, which prohibits a person or entity from entering into an agreement for the provision for payment of goods or services to a registered party or a candidate that includes a term that any individual will make a contribution, directly or indirectly, to a registered party, a registered association, a candidate, a leadership contestant or a nomination contestant.

The Contracting Party acknowledged, as a representative of a candidate's campaign in the 40th federal general election held on October 14, 2008, that she negotiated and signed a lease for the campaign office that contained a term by which the lessee agreed to pay the lessor the sum of $2,450 and, in turn, the lessor agreed to provide a donation in the sum of $1,000 to the candidate's campaign.

The Contracting Party acknowledged and accepted responsibility for these acts.

Prior to the conclusion of the agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections took into consideration that the Contracting Party acknowledged entering into the lease on the basis of a lack of knowledge of the provisions of subsection 405.2(4) of the Canada Elections Act.

In summary, in the compliance agreement, the Contracting Party:

January 26, 2011

William H. Corbett
Commissioner of Canada Elections

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