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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Elections Canada no longer requires $1000 deposit Reply with quote

( apparently cause of a court decision elections Canada is no longer requiring the $1000 deposits to run for a federal nomination/election . it likely doesn't affect the liberals or conservatives much but might help the ndp and greens as well as many other fringe parties who might of had trouble raising money )




Elections Canada applies candidate deposit ruling to byelections

By Tim Naumetz. Published on Nov 14, 2017 8:44am



Elections Canada is applying a recent Alberta court ruling, which found a federal requirement for $1,000 candidate deposits unconstitutional, to four federal byelections scheduled for December.

The court ruling centres on the case of an Alberta elector who claimed the requirement for a $1,000 deposit ended his bid to run against Stephen Harper in the 2015 election and violated his constitutional rights.

Elections Canada announced its new policy on candidate deposits in a public statement last week and, as of Monday, continued to maintain online alerts for candidates and for a political financing handbook for candidates and official agents.

“Elections Canada is applying this change across the country in order to maintain consistent federal election rules,” the alert to potential candidates says on the Elections Canada web site. It warns potential candidates the nomination paper involving the deposit and other requirements “have not yet been updated to reflect this change.”

“The (court) decision is binding until it is stayed by a court or overturned on appeal,” the Elections Canada public statement says. It quotes acting Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault, stating that “the deposit requirement provision will no longer be applied by Elections Canada, effective immediately.”

“As a result, prospective candidates will no longer have to pay the $1,000 deposit as part of their nomination requirements.”

“This means that the deposit is not required from prospective candidates in the federal by-elections currently underway,” the statement reads, adding the policy is “in keeping” with the agency’s policy on provincial court decisions that affect or invalidate provisions of the Canada Elections Act.

Justice Avril Inglis, named to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench by federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in 2016, found the $1,000 deposit “is in breach of the Charter right of each citizen to be able to participate meaningfully in the electoral process as a candidate and to be qualified for membership (in Parliament).”

The challenge was launched by Kieran Szuchewycz, an Edmonton resident who wanted to run against Harper in the electoral district of Calgary-Heritage. Szuchewycz was unable to run on several grounds.

Harper won handily and later resigned as Conservative leader and gave up his Commons seat.

Szuchewycz argued he and his family of three lived on only $2,000 a month, and countered federal arguments that a $1,000 deposit deters “frivolous” candidates by questioning whether the amount would “deter frivolous candidates that are affluent.”

Inglis noted Szuchewycz argued that the Rhinoceros Party fielded 27 candidates in the 2017 election and “apparently caused no harm to the integrity of the electoral process.”

Though Inglis struck down the requirement for a $1,000 deposit, she found a condition requiring 100 signatures of consent from local electors did not violate Charter protections, nor did witness signature provisions. everal other technical failings in the candidate application by Szuchewycz were not included as part of the ruling.

The deposit is refundable under certain conditions. “The deposit will be returned: if the nomination is refused; on compliance with post-election reporting requirements; or if the candidate dies before all polling stations close,” says a note to potential candidates in Election Canada’s online instruction pages.

Data from the 2015 election show a willingness to put up the deposit even among prospective candidates who might have little chance of winning.

Out of the entire candidate field that year, 301 candidates received less than one per cent of the votes in their electoral district. A total of 807 candidates received less than ten per cent.

Two of the December byelections, one in the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity and the other in Saskatchewan’s electoral district of Battlefords-Lloydminster, have featured competitive nomination races within the Liberal and Conservative parties.

A former Parliament Hill staffer with the Conservative party, Rosemarie Falk, won the party’s nomination for Battlefords-Lloydminster, which was left vacant after former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz retired from politics.

The widow of former Liberal MP Arnold Chan, Jean Yip, was nominated as the Liberal candidate in Chan’s former riding, Scarborough-Agincourt, on Sunday.

In the fourth byelection, to be held in the British Columbia electoral district of Surrey-White Rock, former provincial cabinet minister Gordon Hogg was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate after former Liberal MP Dianne Watts resigned to contest the leadership of the B.C. Liberal party.

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/11/14/elections-canada-applies-candidate-deposit-ruling-byelections/
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