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 leadership 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 478.86(2);

    • (b) authorizing an extension referred to in subsection 478.87(1); or

    • (c) authorizing a correction or revision referred to in subsection 478.88(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 478.86(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 478.87(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 478.87, or

      • (iii) the end of the extended period referred to in subsection 478.87(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 478.88.

  • 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 478.86(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 the financial agent’s 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 478.89 or 478.91 who is satisfied that a leadership contestant or a financial agent has not provided the documents referred to in subsection 478.8(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 of 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 leadership 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 leadership 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 478.8(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 leadership contestant and no financial agent of a leadership contestant shall provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a document referred to in subsection 478.8(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 478.8(1), does not substantially set out the information required under subsection 478.8(2) and, in the case of a document referred to in subsection 478.8(10), (11), (12) or (15), does not substantially set out the information required under that subsection.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.

Surplus of Leadership Campaign Funds

Marginal note:Surplus of leadership campaign funds

 The surplus amount of leadership campaign funds that a leadership contestant receives for a leadership contest is the amount by which the sum of contributions accepted by the leadership campaign agents on behalf of the contestant, amounts referred to in subsection 365(3) and any other amounts received by the contestant for their leadership campaign that are not repayable is more than the sum of the contestant’s leadership campaign expenses paid under this Act and any transfers referred to in paragraph 364(5)(b).

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Notice of estimated surplus
  •  (1) If the Chief Electoral Officer estimates that a leadership contestant has a surplus of leadership 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 leadership contestant’s financial agent shall dispose of a surplus of leadership 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 leadership contestant has a surplus of leadership 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 leadership campaign return.

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

 The leadership contestant’s financial agent shall dispose of surplus leadership campaign funds by transferring them to the registered party that is holding the leadership contest or a registered association of that party.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Notice of disposal of surplus
  •  (1) A leadership contestant’s financial agent shall, within seven days after disposing of the contestant’s surplus leadership 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 leadership contestant’s surplus leadership campaign funds, the Chief Electoral Officer shall publish the notice in any manner that he or she considers appropriate.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.

PART 19Enforcement

Peace and Good Order at Elections

Marginal note:Duty to maintain order
  •  (1) Every returning officer is responsible for maintaining order in his or her office during voting in accordance with Division 4 of Part 11.

  • Marginal note:Duty of other election officers

    (2) Every deputy returning officer, central poll supervisor and person appointed under paragraph 124(1)(b) is responsible for maintaining order during voting hours at any place where voting takes place in accordance with Part 9 or 10.

  • Marginal note:Order to leave, arrest without warrant

    (3) In performing his or her duty under subsection (1) or (2), an election officer may, if a person is committing, in the returning officer’s office or other place where the vote is taking place, an offence referred to in paragraph 5(a), section 7 or paragraph 167(1)(a) or an offence under this Act or any other Act of Parliament that threatens the maintenance of order, or if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that a person has committed such an offence in such a place, order the person to leave the office or place or arrest the person without warrant.

  • Marginal note:Order must be obeyed

    (4) Every person in respect of whom an order is made to leave an office or place must obey it without delay.

  • Marginal note:Power to eject

    (5) If an order to leave an office or place is not obeyed without delay, the person who made it may use such force as is reasonably necessary to eject the person in respect of whom the order was made from the office or place.

  • Marginal note:After arrest

    (6) The officer, supervisor or appointed person who arrests a person under subsection (3) shall without delay

    • (a) advise the person of the right to be represented by counsel and give the person an opportunity to obtain counsel; and

    • (b) deliver the person to a peace officer to be dealt with in accordance with the Criminal Code.

  • Marginal note:Removal of materials

    (7) Where a returning officer, deputy returning officer, central poll supervisor or person appointed under paragraph 124(1)(b) believes on reasonable grounds that a person has contravened paragraph 166(1)(a) or (b), the officer, supervisor or appointed person may cause to be removed from, in the case of a returning officer, his or her office or, in the case of a deputy returning officer, central poll supervisor or appointed person, the polling station, any material that they believe on reasonable grounds was used in contravention of that paragraph.

  • Marginal note:Peace officer protection

    (8) Every election officer has, while performing their duties under this section, all the protection that a peace officer has by law.

 
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