When Should I Complain?

False Statements

Making false or misleading statements about a candidate, the leader of a political party or a public figure associated with a political party during an election could be an offence under the Act. The types of statements that may fall within this category include:

  • a false statement that a candidate, a prospective candidate, the leader of a political party or a public figure associated with a political party has committed, or has been charged with or is under investigation for, an offence under federal or provincial law; or
  • a false statement about the citizenship, place of birth, education, professional qualifications or membership in a group or association of any of the individuals outlined above.

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