Legal proceedings instituted by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act - Two guilty pleas are entered in the Montérégie and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions

    QUEBEC, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer
of Québec, wishes to inform the public that two guilty pleas have been entered
in files concerning violations of the Election Act.

    Montérégie region

    In 2005, Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, which is not a qualified elector, made
a $400 contribution to the Parti québécois. In so doing, the Cégep violated
section 87 of the Election Act which stipulates that only an elector may make
a contribution.
    The day after the statement of offence was served, the offender submitted
a guilty plea to the Chief Electoral Officer on the charge brought against it.
The offender also paid a fine of $900, plus expenses.

    Bas-Saint-Laurent region

    In Matane, between November 5 and 13, 2008, namely during the period when
election publicity was banned prior to the December 8, 2008 general election,
Mr. Hugues Dion caused to be published a publicity promoting the election of
candidate Eric Plourde in the L'Avantage Gaspésien newspaper. Under section
429 of the Election Act, only the Chief Electoral Officer can incur publicity
pertaining to the elections in the seven days that follow the issue of the
    On May 26th of this year, namely the day on which the statement was
served, Mr. Dion entered a guilty plea on the charge brought against him. He
paid a fine of $500, plus expenses.
    -%RE: 68,35

For further information:

For further information: Cynthia Gagnon, Information officer, (418)
644-3320, 1-888-870-3320,

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