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June 28, 2007
Inquiry of the Chief Electoral Officer on certain revelations of the book entitles The Secrets of Option Canada - Mr. Bernard Grenier recommends several measures to make the referendum process more transparent

Québec, June 28, 2007 – Based on the evidence gathered during the inquiry that he made on certain revelations of the book entitled The Secrets of Option Canada, Commissioner of Inquiry Bernard Grenier proposes making Québec's referendum process more transparent, notably by putting in place a mechanism for disclosing expenses incurred before the referendum period, by increasing the responsibilities of the official agents of the Committees for the YES and for the NO, while making the agents more independent, and by better supervising partisan volunteer work. Mr. Grenier also suggests that the prior approval of the official agent of a national committee be required in order to broadcast in Québec during the referendum period an advertising campaign promoting or opposing the YES or NO option and funded by a government or a business.

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May 29, 2007
Option Canada and the Canadian Unity Council spent approximately $539,000 illegally during the 1995 referendum period
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May 29, 2007
Highly diversified activities gave rise to illegal expenses
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May 29, 2007
Report of inquiry into the activities of Option Canada
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January 13, 2006
Investigation by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec Concerning Certain Revelations Contained in the Book Les secrets d’Option Canada*
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, has announced the appointment Hon. Bernard Grenier, a retired Québec Court judge, as the investigating commissioner in charge of examining certain allegations made in the book Les secrets d’Option Canada, by Normand Lester and Robin Philpot, and more specifically all the documents submitted by the authors. This appointment follows the Chief Electoral Officer’s decision last Decem ber to review its investigation into Option Canada.
Categories : Provincial, Referendum - 1995


May 19, 1998
October 30, 1995 Referendum
Me François Casgrain, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, will request permission to appeal the Superior Court judgment handed down on April 16, 1998 by the Honorable Ginette Piché, J.S.C., in the cases concerning the ballot papers rejected in the electoral division of Chomedey at the time of the October 30, 1995 Referendum. This judgment rejects the two appeals lodged by the Chief Electoral Officer following the acquittal of the deputy returning officers, pronounced by the Court of Québec at the end of last year.
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April 4, 1997
October 30, 1995 Referendum
Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, will ask the Court of Appeal of Québec for permission to appeal the judgment of Judge Daniel H. Tingley rendered on April 2nd. As the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Côté is the only person who can appeal the judgment of the Superior Court.
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October 23, 1996
October 30, 1995 Referendum
Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, today made public the names of five offenders that have just received official statements describing alleged violations of the Referendum Act.
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June 7, 1996
October 30, 1995 referendum
Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, today made public the names of the persons or businesses that to date have received statements of offence following the inquiries that he conducted into the rejected ballot papers, the "Unity Rally" and voting by Bishop’s University students who were not domiciled in Québec.
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May 13, 1996
Referendum of October 30, 1995
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., will be instituting penal proceedings against some fifty people in the electoral division of Saint-François who allegedly violated the provisions of the Special Version of the Election Act for the Holding of a Referendum on the occasion of the October 30, 1995 Referendum.
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May 13, 1996
Referendum of October 30, 1995
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., is unveiling the findings of his inquiry on the "Unity Rally" of October 27, 1995, in a report made public today. In the report, the Chief Electoral Officer states, in particular, how his inquiry was conducted and the conclusions he has drawn.
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May 13, 1996
Referendum of October 30, 1995
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., is unveiling the findings of his inquiry into the ballot papers which were rejected during the Referendum of October 30, 1995, in a report made public today. Based on the evidence gathered during the inquiry, the Chief Electoral Officer has come to two major conclusions.
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May 13, 1996
Referendum of October 30, 1995
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., is making public today his report on the complaints he received and the inquiries he has been conducting further to the Referendum of October 1995 regarding rejected ballot papers and the "Unity Rally".
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May 7, 1996
October 30, 1995 Referendum
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., invites all media representatives to attend a press conference on the topic of rejected ballot papers and the "Unity Rally".
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February 21, 1996
October 30, 1995 Referendum
Pierre-F. Côté, Q.C., Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, accompanied by Me Eddy Giguère, his substitute and the person in charge of this inquiry, and the Honorable Alan B. Gold, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., LL.L., LL.D, has made public the ballot paper examination procedure chosen for the inquiry he is conducting into the rejected ballot papers. Mr. Côté came to the conclusion that it was necessary to examine the ballot papers of certain polling stations of the electoral divisions of Chomedey, Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Laurier-Dorion and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce to move ahead in the inquiry and to bring it to conclusion.
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