Legal proceedings by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act - Three guilty verdicts are handed down in the Centre-du-Québec and Montréal regions



    QUEBEC, May 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of
Québec, wishes to inform the public that three guilty verdicts were handed
down in files concerning violations of the Election Act.

    Centre-du-Québec Region

    In Drummondville, Mr. Jean Maheu, in his capacity as official
representative of the authority of Québec Solidaire of the electoral division
of Drummond, omitted to send to the Chief Electoral Officer the authority's
financial report not later than April 1, 2008, as stipulated in section 117 of
the Election Act.
    On May 11th, at the time of the default hearing, Judge Gaétan Ratté found
the offender guilty of the charge brought against him and ordered him to pay a
fine of $250 plus expenses.

    Montréal Region

    Following the March 26, 2007 general election, Mr. Saingerle Dormeus,
official representative of independent candidate Charles-Antoine Gabriel,
submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer a false financial report. In so
doing, he committed the offence stipulated in the first subsection of section
559.0.1 of the Election Act and which is a corrupt electoral practice. As a
result, Mr. Dormeus loses the exercise of his election rights, notably those
of voting, running as a candidate in an election, or engaging in any work of a
partisan nature, for a period of five years.
    On May 13th of this year, Judge Suzanne Bousquet found the offender
guilty of the charge brought against him. She also ordered him to pay a fine
of $1,000 plus expenses.
    For his part, Mr. Charles-Antoine Gabriel, independent candidate running
in the March 26, 2007 election in the electoral division of Bourassa-Sauvé,
helped his official representative, Mr. Dormeus, submit the false financial
report. By application of section 566 of the Election Act, which stipulates
that every person who aids or encourages another person to commit an offence
is guilty of the same offence, Mr. Gabriel rendered himself guilty of the
offence stipulated in the first subsection of section 559.0.1 of the Election
Act. Since this is a corrupt electoral practice, Mr. Gabriel also loses the
exercise of his election rights for a period of five years.

    In her ruling handed down on May 13th, the judge found the offender
guilty of the charge brought against him. Consequently, he was ordered to pay
a fine of $1,000 plus expenses.
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For further information:

For further information: Cynthia Gagnon, Information officer, (418)
644-3320, 1 888 870-3320, cgagnon@dgeq.qc.ca

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