Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Act current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2016-01-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Extensions, corrections or revisions — judge
  •  (1) A nomination contestant or their financial agent may apply to a judge for an order

    • (a) relieving the financial agent from the obligation to comply with a request referred to in subsection 476.83(2);

    • (b) authorizing an extension referred to in subsection 476.84(1); or

    • (c) authorizing a correction or revision referred to in subsection 476.85(1).

    The applicant shall notify the Chief Electoral Officer that the application has been made.

  • Marginal note:Deadline

    (2) The application may be made

    • (a) under paragraph (1)(a), within the specified period referred to in subsection 476.83(2) or within the two weeks after the end of that period;

    • (b) under paragraph (1)(b), within two weeks after, as the case may be,

      • (i) if an application for an extension is not made to the Chief Electoral Officer within the period referred to in subsection 476.84(2), the end of the two-week period referred to in that subsection,

      • (ii) the rejection of an application for an extension made in accordance with section 476.84, or

      • (iii) the end of the extended period referred to in subsection 476.84(1); or

    • (c) under paragraph (1)(c), within two weeks after the rejection of an application for a correction or revision made in accordance with section 476.85.

  • Marginal note:Grounds — relief from compliance

    (3) The judge shall grant an order relieving the financial agent from the obligation to comply with a request referred to in subsection 476.83(2) if the judge is satisfied by the evidence submitted by the applicant that the correction or revision is not necessary in order for the requirements of this Act to be complied with.

  • Marginal note:Grounds — extension

    (4) The judge shall grant an order authorizing an extension unless the judge is satisfied that the financial agent’s failure to provide the required documents was deliberate or was the result of their failure to exercise due diligence.

  • Marginal note:Grounds — corrections or revisions

    (5) The judge shall grant an order authorizing a correction or revision if the judge is satisfied by the evidence submitted by the applicant that the correction or revision is necessary in order for the requirements of this Act to be complied with.

  • Marginal note:Contents of order

    (6) An order under subsection (1) may require that the applicant satisfy any condition that the judge considers necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Appearance of financial agent before judge
  •  (1) A judge dealing with an application under section 476.86 or 476.88 who is satisfied that a nomination contestant or a financial agent has not provided the documents referred to in subsection 476.75(1), (10), (11), (12) or (15) in accordance with this Act because of a failure of the financial agent or a predecessor of the financial agent shall, by order served personally, require the financial agent or that predecessor to appear before the judge.

  • Marginal note:Show cause orders

    (2) The judge shall, unless the financial agent or predecessor on his or her appearance shows cause why an order should not be issued, order in writing that the agent or predecessor

    • (a) do anything that the judge considers appropriate in order to remedy the failure; or

    • (b) be examined concerning any information that pertains to the failure.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Recourse of contestant for fault of financial agent

 A nomination contestant may apply to a judge for an order that relieves the contestant from any liability or consequence under this or any other Act of Parliament in relation to an act or omission of the contestant’s financial agent, if the contestant establishes that

  • (a) it occurred without his or her knowledge or acquiescence; or

  • (b) he or she exercised all due diligence to avoid its occurrence.

The contestant shall notify the Chief Electoral Officer that the application has been made.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Destruction of documents — judge
  •  (1) A nomination contestant or their financial agent may apply to a judge for an order relieving the financial agent from the obligation to provide a document referred to in subsection 476.75(1), (10), (11), (12) or (15). The applicant shall notify the Chief Electoral Officer that the application has been made.

  • Marginal note:Grounds

    (2) The judge may grant the order only if the judge is satisfied that the applicant cannot provide the documents because of their destruction by a superior force, including a flood, fire or other disaster.

  • Marginal note:Date of relief

    (3) For the purposes of this Act, the applicant is relieved from the obligation referred to in subsection (1) on the date of the order.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Prohibition — false, misleading or incomplete document

 No nomination contestant and no financial agent of a nomination contestant shall provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a document referred to in subsection 476.75(1), (10), (11), (12) or (15) that

  • (a) the contestant or the financial agent, as the case may be, knows or ought reasonably to know contains a material statement that is false or misleading; or

  • (b) in the case of a document referred to in subsection 476.75(1), does not substantially set out the information required under subsection 476.75(2) and, in the case of a document referred to in subsection 476.75(10), (11), (12) or (15), does not substantially set out the information required under that subsection.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.

Surplus of Nomination Campaign Funds

Marginal note:Surplus of nomination campaign funds

 The surplus amount of nomination campaign funds that a nomination contestant receives for a nomination contest is the amount by which the contributions accepted by the financial agent on behalf of the contestant and any other amounts received by the contestant for their nomination campaign that are not repayable are more than the contestant’s nomination campaign expenses paid under this Act and any transfers referred to in paragraph 364(5)(a).

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Notice of estimated surplus
  •  (1) If the Chief Electoral Officer estimates that a nomination contestant has a surplus of nomination campaign funds, the Chief Electoral Officer shall issue a notice of the estimated amount of the surplus to the contestant’s financial agent.

  • Marginal note:Disposal of surplus funds

    (2) The nomination contestant’s financial agent shall dispose of a surplus of nomination campaign funds within 60 days after the day on which they receive the notice of estimated surplus.

  • Marginal note:Disposal without notice

    (3) If a nomination contestant has a surplus of nomination campaign funds but their financial agent has not received a notice of estimated surplus, the financial agent shall dispose of the surplus within 60 days after the day on which the Chief Electoral Officer is provided with the contestant’s nomination campaign return.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Method of disposal of surplus

 A nomination contestant’s financial agent shall dispose of surplus nomination campaign funds by transferring them to

  • (a) the official agent of the candidate endorsed by the registered party in the electoral district in which the nomination contest was held; or

  • (b) the registered association that held the nomination contest or the registered party for whose endorsement the contest was held.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Notice of disposal of surplus
  •  (1) A nomination contestant’s financial agent shall, within seven days after disposing of the contestant’s surplus nomination campaign funds, give the Chief Electoral Officer a notice in the prescribed form of the amount and date of the disposal and to whom the surplus was transferred.

  • Marginal note:Publication

    (2) As soon as feasible after the disposal of a nomination contestant’s surplus nomination campaign funds, the Chief Electoral Officer shall publish the notice in any manner that he or she considers appropriate.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
 
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