Québec City, September 2, 1997 --- Within the framework of the November 2nd municipal elections that will be held in the following municipalities:
Anjou, Blainville, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Chicoutimi, Granby, La Baie, Lachine, Laval, Pierrefonds, Québec, Repentigny, Sainte-Foy, Saint-Jérôme, Sept-Îles, Terrebonne, Verdun and Victoriaville
Me François Casgrain, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, would like to reiterate a few important rules of the Act respecting elections and referendum in municipalities with respect to contributions.
Only a voter, namely a natural person who is entitled to be entered on the electoral list of a municipality, may make a contribution. The latter must be made by the voter out of his or her own property. Companies, unions and associations are prohibited from making contributions.
A contribution may only be made to an official representative or to any other person whom he designates for this purpose.
At the municipal level the total contributions made by a voter in a given year may not exceed $750. However, this sum may be split between several authorized parties and independent candidates.
A contribution of $100 or less may be made in cash. However, any contribution of over $100 must be made by cheque signed by the voter and drawn on his or her personal bank account.
A receipt must be issued to the voter for every contribution. However, contributions made in the municipal field are not tax-deductible.