Legislation adopted by the National Assembly in December 2011 stipulates that leadership races of political parties are subject to a legal framework. As such, candidates must respect rules concerning the financing and auditing of campaign expenses that are now included in the Election Act (EA) and in the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM).
The main objective of the Act is to make leadership races more transparent. Throughout a leadership campaign, information concerning contributions and contributors is available on the Chief Electoral Officer's website. Candidates' expenses are recorded in reports that are disclosed to the general public.
The Act outlines offences and provides for substantial fines in cases where the rules are not respected.
New provisions have been added to the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM) as regards leadership races for municipal parties. These are similar to the rules governing leadership races for provincial political parties, except that...