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 June 6, 2011, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act, entered into a compliance agreement with Mr. Neil D. Thorogood (hereinafter referred to as the Contracting Party), of the town of Stettler, province of Alberta, who was the official agent in the 2006 and 2008 federal general elections for the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the electoral district of Crowfoot.
The Contracting Party has acknowledged acts that constituted a failure to comply with section 437 of the Canada Elections Act, which requires that the official agent open a separate bank account for the sole purpose of the candidate's electoral campaign and close that account after the election, once any unpaid claim or surplus has been dealt with.
The Contracting Party acknowledged that the bank account opened for the candidate's electoral campaign for the 39th federal general election in 2006 was not closed, that the same bank account remained open and was used for the 40th federal general election in 2008, and that a new, separate bank account was therefore not opened for the 2008 general election.
The Contracting Party acknowledged and accepted responsibility for these acts, and is now aware of section 437 of the Act and the offence provisions at paragraph 497(1)(r).
Prior to the conclusion of the agreement, the Commissioner of Canada Elections took into consideration that the Contracting Party undertook to provide, and did provide, the Commissioner with proof that the bank account used for the candidate's campaigns in the 2006 and 2008 general elections had been closed.
July 4, 2011
William H. Corbett
Commissioner of Canada Elections