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 July 24, 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 the City of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada.
In this agreement, the contracting party, official agent of the candidate Gloria Kieler in the electoral district of Vancouver East during the general election held on November 27, 2000, acknowledges not having followed the requirements of the Canada Elections Act found in section 451 by failing to provide the Chief Electoral Officer with an electoral campaign return in respect of that election within four months after polling day, thereby contravening paragraph 497(1)(u) of the Canada Elections Act. The contracting party is now aware of this requirement, and a report was provided to the Chief Electoral Officer, ensuring compliance with the reporting requirements of the Act.
Prior to the conclusion of the agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections took into account that the contracting party contributed to the works of a non-partisan charitable organization, Living Waters Mission, located in the city of Vancouver, in the province of British Columbia, as a recognition of the seriousness of the offence.
In summary, the agreement required the contracting party to:
admit responsibility for the omission that constitutes the offence;
acknowledge the importance of the public's right to know the financial aspects of a candidate's electoral campaign and of the principle of transparency of election financing;
undertake to comply with these provisions of the Canada Elections Act in the future.
Ottawa, August 22, 2002
Raymond A. Landry
Commissioner of Canada Elections