Twelve guilty pleas recorded in the Montérégie, Laurentides and Lanaudière regions

December 19, 2011

Québec City, December 19, 2011 – Mr. Jacques Drouin, Québec’s Chief Electoral Officer, wishes to inform the population that twelve guilty pleas were recorded in files concerning violations of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM).

Montérégie

Ms. Nathalie St-Louis, while she was the official representative of the Party Équipe Michel St-Louis Team – Parti Saint-Lazare, failed to transmit to the town’s treasurer, no later than April 1, 2011, the financial report of the party.

On November 28, 2011, Ms. St-Louis submitted a guilty plea to the charge brought against her and paid a $650 fine, plus costs.

In Otterburn Park, Mr. Michel Martin, an independent candidate in theNovember 1, 2009 municipal elections, while acting as his own official representative, sent an incomplete financial report with regards to a funding activity.

Moreover, Mr. Martin committed an offence by contributing $1,000 to another independent candidate, Alain Sauvé, in the November 1, 2009 municipal elections via Ms. Annie Chagnon. However, the AERM states that contributions must be made by the elector himself.

On October 11, 2011, Mr. Martin submitted guilty pleas to both charges brought against him. He also paid fines amounting to $1,500, plus costs.

In addition, the charges relate to the sending of an incomplete financial report constituting a corrupt electoral practice, which leads to the offender losing his electoral rights for a period of five years.

Also in Otterburn Park, Ms. Ève Sapina, an independent candidate in the November 1, 2009 municipal elections, while acting as her own official representative, received a contribution of more than $100 from Marie-Diane Pelletier, which was not made using a credit card, a cheque, a money transfer or other payment order as laid out in the AERM.

On October 17, 2011, Ms. Sapina recorded a guilty plea to the charge against her. She paid a $500 fine, plus costs.

Still in OtterburnPark, Mr. Alexandre Goulet, also an independent candidate in theNovember 1, 2009municipal elections, in his role as official representative, sent a financial report containing false information or statements.

He committed another violation in his role as official agent when he sent an expense report containing false information or statements.

On October 29, 2011, Mr. Goulet submitted guilty pleas to the DGEQ to both charges made against him. He also paid fines of $1,000, plus costs in each case.

Since the two transgressions that were committed by the offender constitute corrupt electoral practices, the latter will be deprived of his electoral rights for a period of five years.

In Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, during the election period leading up to theNovember 1, 2009 municipal elections, Mr. Jocelyn Lapointe put up election signs with screws on public utility poles. However, the AERM states that you must not use nails, metal staples or any fixture that could damage the post. In the same file, Mr. Serge Benoît helped Mr. Lapointe fix the signs using screws. He thus also committed an offence.

On November 7, Jocelyn Lapointe recorded a guilty plea, while onNovember 23, 2011, Serge Benoît likewise pleaded guilty. Both paid fines of $500, plus costs.

 Laurentides

In Deux-Montagnes, Mr. Roy Valade, official representative of the party Équipe Stéphane Plante – Parti des citoyens de Deux-Montagnes failed to send the party’s financial report to the town’s treasurer no later thanApril 1, 2011.

On October 12, 2011, Mr. Valade submitted a guilty plea to the charge brought against him and paid a fine of $1,500, plus costs.

In Mirabel, between April 1 and November 1, 2009, Mr. Hubert Meilleur, while he was authorized to solicit and collect contributions for the party Équipe Meilleur, failed to send to the party’s official representative a contribution that he had received.

On October 21, 2011, the offender submitted a guilty plea to the charge brought against him. He also paid a $500 fine, plus costs.

Lanaudière

In Terrebonne, the official representative of the party Équipe Robitaille, Mr. Réal Lamontagne received two contributions, one in 2008, the other in 2009, from Litho Mille-îles inc. in the knowledge that it wasn’t a qualified elector. In doing so, M. Lamontagne committed two offences.

On October 25, 2011, the offender submitted guilty pleas to the DGEQ on both charges brought against him. He paid fines amounting to $1,000, plus costs.



Categories : Municipal, Infractions of the ARERM