Québec City, October 29, 2012 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Jacques Drouin, announces the setting up of a whistle blower line which will allow the DGEQ to obtain information to better carry out its powers concerning the control of political financing. Consequently, the Chief Electoral Officer may be able to launch audits or investigations into the facts of possibly illegal activities, which may enable it to better play its role of prosecutor before the Court of Québec. From today, anyone who believes that they have information about illegal political contributions or about electoral expenses made in contravention of the law can inform the DGEQ by dialing 1 855 644-9529 or 418 644-9529. The anonymity of the source will be protected and all calls will be confidential.
“We often hear that “everyone knows” of illegal financing practices in political parties, but very few people give us concrete facts that will allow us to better carry out our control and prosecution powers. Our tip line will serve to collect this type of information“, said Mr. Drouin.
The information sent could be about provincial, municipal, or school board electoral financing. As an example, a person could inform the DGEQ that their name, or that of another person, was used to make a contribution for which they were subsequently reimbursed (being a straw person). One could also report that cash was given to a political organizer. In the context of an election, the information could be about undeclared election expenses.
Everyone who uses the tip line will speak to a person designated by the DGEQ and special trained to collect this information and who can, as needed, help the whistleblower to make their observations. If they wish, the source does not have to reveal their identity.
Any information may be useful as it may corroborate other information.
Remember that to lead to a criminal conviction, an investigation file must result in complete and well documented evidence, of a nature that will convince a judge beyond reasonable doubt of the guilt of the accused. In this context, the DGEQ will gather all information that allows it to improve its investigations.
For more information, you can consult the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec’s website at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca
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