Consequence of a conviction for illegal financing - An initial set of names is entered in the register of persons barred from obtaining public contracts

June 17, 2013

Quebec City, June 17, 2013 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, wishes to inform the general public that information concerning natural and legal persons barred from obtaining public contracts due to an infringement of the financing rules as stipulated in Québec’s electoral legislation is now on record in the register designed for this purpose. The individuals in question have been notified in writing of this publication.

A conviction or guilty plea resulting from an infringement of any of our three election acts renders the guilty party ineligible to receive public contracts. The acts in question are the Election Act, the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM), and the Act respecting school elections. Sentences or pleas automatically resulting in the application of this penalty are essentially linked to illegal financing, especially participation in a straw man scheme.

In accordance with the above-mentioned legislation, a guilty party is barred from obtaining public contracts for a period of three years, effective the date of the sentence or guilty plea for a first offense. In cases of a repeat offense within ten years, the guilty party is barred from obtaining contracts for a five-year period.

Recent judgements have been handed down based on legislative provisions similar to those in our election acts, and these decisions have led the Chief Electoral Officer to conclude that guilty verdicts handed down after  May 1,2011 and guilty pleas received after that date will result in the offenders’ names being recorded in the register.

You may consult the register of persons barred from obtaining public contracts on the Chief Electoral Officer’s website at


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Categories : Provincial, School Board, Municipal, Municipal financing, Provincial financing, School board financing, Infractions of the ARERM, Infractions of the Electoral Act, Infractions of the ASE, DGE

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