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 (hereafter referred to as the "Act").
On March 22, 2013, and pursuant to section 517 of the Act, the Commissioner of Canada Elections entered into a compliance agreement with E. Cummings Contracting Inc. (hereafter referred to as the "Contracting Party"), of the town of Woodstock, in the county of Carleton, in the province of New Brunswick.
In the compliance agreement, the Contracting Party has acknowledged that:
- Pursuant to subsection 404(1) and paragraphs 497(1)(i) and 497(3)(f.1) of the Act, it is an offence under the Act for a person or entity other than an individual to make a contribution, whether monetary or non-monetary, to a candidate's campaign.
- The Contracting Party provided, free of charge, time and labour of two of its employees for a period involving less than 10 hours, during working hours, as well as storage in its warehouse, for the purpose of the construction, transportation and installation of election signs for the 2011 electoral campaign of Mr. Chuck Chiasson, Liberal candidate in the electoral district of Tobique–Mactaquac, at an estimated value of less than $1,000.
- The provision of these services at no charge to a candidate's electoral campaign constitutes a non-monetary contribution to a candidate by an entity other than an individual, and could constitute an offence under the Act.
The Contracting Party accepted responsibility for these acts.
Prior to the conclusion of the compliance agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections took into account that the Contracting Party promptly admitted the facts and took responsibility for the acts that led to the compliance agreement.
The compliance agreement contained a term requiring the Contracting Party to post a copy of the compliance agreement at its business in a conspicuous location where the agreement would be readily visible to its employees. The Contracting Party has complied with the terms and conditions of the compliance agreement.
Ottawa, January 31, 2014
Yves Côté, QC
Commissioner of Canada Elections