Monday, May 2, 2011

Stephen Harper Breaks Election Rules

Stephen Harper breaks election rules, campaigns on radio on election day.
May 2, 2011 12:36:00 PM

In an interview this morning with Bill Good on CKNW in Vancouver, Stephen Harper openly campaigned for the Conservative Party of Canada, asking listeners to "vote Conservative" in defiance of Elections Canada rules and regulations that state no campaigning may be done during the media blackout on election day.

During the interview Stephen Harper contravined the Elections Canada Act by stating that "It is certain that I will vote, and I encourage all other people to vote, and I encourage people to do the same as me and vote Conservative."

The host of the CKNW call in radio show, Bill Good, was quick to reply to listeners that "We encourage you to vote too, but we encourage you to vote whichever way you feel is appropriate."

Sections 480 to 499 of the Elections Canada Act detail prohibited activites by candidates during the imposed media blackout on election day in Canada.

Sections 480 to 499 of the Canada Elections Act list the offence provisions, categorized according to whether intent is required, and the burden of proof required to prosecute them. Offences include:

• illegally attempting to influence the vote of an elector or the results of an election
• illegally hampering or delaying the electoral process
• contravening the limits and obligations set out for contributions and expenses, including circumventing, attempting to circumvent or colluding in circumventing the rules for ineligible contributors, for concealing a contributor's identity and for exceeding contribution limits
• contravening the limits and obligations set out for third party election advertising
• publishing the results of an election opinion poll during the blackout period or without the accompanying information required by the Act
• election advertising during the blackout period
• prematurely publishing election results
• partisan action by an election officer
• using personal information from a voters list or from the National Register of Electors for unauthorized purposes
• acting as an officer of a registered political party while knowing that the party does not include participating in public affairs among its essential objectives
• as a party leader, certifying a declaration or report while knowing that the document contains false or misleading information
• accepting or soliciting contributions for a political entity while representing to the contributor that part or all of the contribution could be transferred to some person or entity other than the registered party, candidate, leadership contestant or electoral district association
• failure to register (referendum committee)

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