Press Release no. 8 – April 7, 2014 general election - Québec's Chief Electoral Officer makes public the preliminary expense limits and recalls the rules concerning private intervenors

March 8, 2014

Québec, March 7, 2014 –– In preparation for the upcoming April 7 general election, Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, wishes to make known the preliminary authorized election expense limits for political parties and candidates.

First of all, it is worth recalling that these limits are determined pursuant to section 426 of the Election Act which was amended by Bill No.2 of 2012, with the aim of reducing the spending limits. These limits are indexed every year. For the current general election, the limits have been set as follows:

 

For candidates

Election expenses must be limited so as not to exceed $0.71 per elector registered on the list of the electors of the electoral division in which a candidate is running.

However, in the electoral divisions of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava, this limit is $0.91 per elector, whereas it is $1.59 in the electoral division of Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

 

For political parties

Election expenses must be limited so as not to exceed $0.66 per elector in all of the electoral divisions in which a party presents a candidate.

In both cases, these limits are preliminary because they are based on the number of electors registered on the list of electors at the time of the issue of the order announcing the holding of a general election. Consequently, the final limits will only be known after the revision of the lists of electors.

A table which gives the preliminary authorized election expense limits in the various electoral divisions of Québec will be posted on Monday on the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address: www.monvote.qc.ca. This table will be available in the Media section by clicking on "Financing". The table can also be accessed by clicking on "Political Parties and candidates" under the "Financing and control of election expenses" tab.

 

PRELIMINARY ELECTION EXPENSE LIMITS FOR POLITICAL PARTIES

 

 

 

 

ALL OF THE ELECTORAL DIVISIONS IN WHICH THE PARTY IS PRESENTING CANDIDATES (125)

NUMBER OF ELECTORS REGISTERED ON THE PERMANENT LIST OF ELECTORS    WHEN THE ORDER WAS ISSUED*

ELECTION EXPENSE LIMITS FOR THE PARTY

PER ELECTOR

TOTAL AUTHORIZED ELECTION EXPENSES

5 984 613

$0.66

$3 949 844.58

 

PRELIMINARY ELECTION EXPENSE LIMITS FOR CANDIDATES

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRELIMINARY LIMITS FOR THE CANDIDATES OF THE 125 ELECTORAL DIVISIONS

NUMBER OF ELECTORS REGISTERED ON THE PERMANENT LIST OF ELECTORS   WHEN THE ORDER WAS ISSUED *

ELECTION EXPENSE LIMITS FOR THE CANDIDATE

PER ELECTOR

TOTAL AUTHORIZED ELECTION EXPENSES

5 984 613

$0.71 **

 $4 287 469.47

 

 

* The number of electors registered on the Permanent list of electors when the order was issued does not include the electors registered to vote outside Québec.

** For the electoral divisions of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava, this limit is $0.91 per elector, whereas it is $1.59 in the electoral division of Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The complete table will be made available on the Website at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.

The maximum limit for a party and its 125 candidates is $8 237 314.05.

 

Private intervenors

The Election Act reserves the status of private intervenor for electors or groups, the majority of whose members are qualified electors.  Private intervenors cannot directly promote or oppose a candidate or a party.

To avail himself (itself) of the status of private intervenor, the elector or the group must first obtain an authorization from the returning officer of the electoral division in which is situated the domicile of the elector who makes the application.  For the April 7 general election, the application for authorization must be made during the period fromMarch 11  to 25, 2014inclusively. The authorization number assigned by the returning officer to the private intervenor will have to be mentioned on every advertisement, regardless of the medium or information technology used, in addition to the name of the elector or of the representative of the group, as well as the words “private intervenor".

Private intervenors can incur, for the entire duration of the election period, only election expenses of up to $300 to make known their opinion on a topic of public interest or obtain support for such an opinion as well as advocate abstention or the spoiling of ballots.  This status would enable, for example, a web surfer to disseminate advertising on the Internet. However, private intervenors are prohibited from making or incurring expenses jointly with anyone else, namely another private intervenor, a political party, a candidate, etc.

In the 30 days following polling day, private intervenors must submit a return of all their expenses to the Chief Electoral Officer in the prescribed format.

 

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