Compliance Agreements

Commissioner Of Canada Elections

Canada Elections Act

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 January 10, 2020, the Commissioner of Canada Elections entered into a compliance agreement with Ms. Valerie Pankiw, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act. The text of the compliance agreement is set out in full below.

February 28, 2020

Compliance Agreement

Pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act (the Act), the Commissioner of Canada Elections (the Commissioner) and Ms. Valerie Pankiw (the Contracting Party) enter into this agreement aimed at ensuring compliance with the Act.

Pursuant to subsection 363(2) of the Act, the official agent of a candidate that receives a contribution from an ineligible contributor must, within 30 days of becoming aware of the ineligibility, return the amount of the contribution to the Receiver General for Canada (Receiver General).

Paragraph 497(1)(b) of the Act makes it an offence for an official agent to contravene subsection 363(2).

Statements by the Contracting Party

For the purpose of this compliance agreement, the Contracting Party acknowledges the following:

Factors considered by the Commissioner

In entering into this compliance agreement, the Commissioner took into account the factors set out in paragraph 32 of the Compliance and Enforcement Policy of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, which is available on the Commissioner’s website, including that:

Terms and conditions

The Contracting Party agrees, as a term and condition of the compliance agreement, to pay an amount equal to the $1,500 illegal contribution to the Receiver General, by sending a cheque to the OCCE by January 31, 2020.

The Contracting Party also agrees to pay an amount of $750 to the Receiver General within 30 days from the date she is informed that this compliance agreement has been signed by the Commissioner.

The Contracting Party consents to the publication of this agreement on the Commissioner’s website in accordance with section 521 of the Act.

The Commissioner agrees that the fulfillment by the Contracting Party of the terms and conditions outlined in this agreement will constitute compliance.

The Contracting Party agrees to comply with the relevant provisions of the Act in the future.

The Commissioner and the Contracting Party recognize that once this compliance agreement is entered into, the Commissioner will be prevented from laying charges against the Contracting Party for the same facts, unless there is non-compliance with the terms of the compliance agreement, as provided for in subsection 517(8) of the Act.

In accordance with section 508.1 of the Act, a Contracting Party who fails to comply with a provision of a compliance agreement commits a violation, and may be subject to an administrative monetary penalty.

Signed by the Contracting Party in the Hamlet of Casa Rio, in the province of Saskatchewan, this 8th day of January 2020.

Ms. Valerie Pankiw

Signed by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, in the City of Gatineau, in the province of Quebec, this 10th day of January, 2020.

Yves Côté, QC
Commissioner of Canada Elections

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