Press release No 11 - PRELIMINARY ELECTION EXPENSE LIMITS AND PRIVATE INTERVENORS



    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - In view of the upcoming general
elections, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, would
like to inform the public about the preliminary limits of authorized election
expenses for political parties and candidates.
    First, it is worth recalling that these limits are determined pursuant to
section 426 of the Election Act and that they are indexed every year. For the
current general elections, the limits are set as follows:

    For Candidates

    Election expenses must be limited so as not to exceed $1.11 per elector
registered on the list of electors of the electoral division where a candidate
is running.
    However, in the electoral division of Duplessis,
Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava, this limit is $1.39 per
elector, and it is $1.89 in the electoral division of Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

    For a Political Party

    Election expenses must be limited so as not to exceed $0.65 per elector
in all the electoral divisions where a party is running candidates for the
election.
    In either case, these limits are preliminary because they are based on
the number of electors entered on the list of electors when the writ was
issued. Consequently, definite limits will only be known after the revision of
the list of electors.
    A table showing the preliminary limits of authorized election expenses in
the various electoral divisions in Quebec can be consulted on the Web site of
the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address
www.electionsquebec.qc.ca. This table is available in the Media section by
clicking on "Financing." The table can also be accessed by clicking "Political
parties and candidates," under "Financing and control of election expenses."

    
         PRELIMINARY OF ELECTION EXPENSE LIMITS FOR POLITICAL PARTIES
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    ALL ELECTORAL      NUMBER OF ELECTORS  ELECTION EXPENSE    TOTAL OF
    DIVISIONS WHERE    REGISTERED ON THE   LIMITS FOR THE      AUTHORIZED
    THE PARTY IS       PERMANENT LIST OF   PARTY PER ELECTOR   ELECTION
    RUNNING            ELECTORS WHEN THE                       EXPENSES
    CANDIDATES (125)   WRIT WAS ISSUED(*)
                     --------------------------------------------------------
                       5,612,533           $0.65               $3,648,146.45
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             PRELIMINARY ELECTION EXPENSES LIMITS FOR CANDIDATES
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL PRELIMINARY  NUMBER OF ELECTORS  ELECTION EXPENSE    TOTAL
    LIMITS FOR THE     ENTERED ON THE      LIMITS FOR THE      AUTHORIZED
    CANDIDATES OF THE  PERMANENT LIST OF   CANDIDATE PER       ELECTION
    125 ELECTORAL      ELECTORS WHEN THE   ELECTOR             EXPENSES
    DIVISIONS          WRIT WAS ISSUED(*)
                     --------------------------------------------------------
                       5,612,533           $1.11 (xx)          $6,276,568.71
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    (*)  The number of electors entered on the permanent list of electors
         when the writ was issued does not include electors registered to
         vote outside Quebec.
    (xx) For the electoral division of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda-
         Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava, this limit is $1.39 per
         elector, and the limit is $1.89 in the electoral division of
         Iles-de-la-Madeleine. The table complete is available on the Website
         www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.
    

    The maximum limit for a party and its 125 candidates is $9,924,715.16

    Private Intervenors

    The Election Act reserves the status of private intervenor to electors or
groups, the majority of whose members are qualified electors, who would like
to make known their opinion on a topic of public interest, or advocate
abstention or the spoiling of ballots. A private intervenor cannot directly
promote or oppose a candidate or party.
    To be recognized as a private intervenor, the elector or group has to
obtain an authorization from the returning officer of the electoral division
in which the elector making the application is domiciled. For the general
elections of March 26, 2007, the application for authorization has to be made
during the period from February 27th to March 13th inclusively. The
authorization number given by the returning officer to the private intervenor
must be mentioned in all publicity, regardless of the medium or information
technology used.
    During the entire election period, private intervenors can incur only
publicity expenses of up to $300 in order to make known their opinion on a
topic of public interest or obtain support for such an opinion as well as
advocate abstention or the spoiling of ballots. This status would enable, for
example, an Internet savvy person to disseminate publicity on the Internet.
However private intervenors are forbidden from incurring expenses jointly with
anyone else; that is, another private intervenor, a political party, a
candidate, etc.
    Within 30 days after polling day, private intervenors must file a return
of all their expenses to the Chief electoral officer in the prescribed format.
    -%SU: CPN
    -%RE: 1




For further information:

For further information: Denis Dion, Information Officer, (418)
644-3320,1 888 870-3320, ddion@dgeq.qc.ca

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