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February 17, 2015
Sectoral political financing and straw man schemes - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec prosecutes a former executive of an engineering consulting firm for inciting employees to participate in a straw man scheme and is seeking fines totaling $245,000
Quebec City, February 13, 2015 – After an investigation into a corporate political financing scheme in place within the engineering consulting firm SNC-Lavalin, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec recently filed statements of offence against a former executive of the firm, Yves Cadotte. In so doing, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec is seeking fines totaling $245,000.
Categories : Provincial, Municipal, Infractions of the ARERM, Infractions of the Electoral Act, DGE


December 2, 2014
Sectoral financing and straw man schemes - Legal proceedings by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer involving three engineering consulting firms leads to 55 guilty pleas
Quebec City, December 2, 2014 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, wishes to notify the public that 4 offenders entered 55 guilty pleas as a result of violations of the Election Act and the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM) committed between 2009 and 2011. These individuals were connected with three engineering consulting firms, namely Roche ltée Groupe-Conseil, Groupe-conseil TDA Inc., and Dessau Inc. They were obliged to pay fines totaling $85,275.
Categories : Provincial, Municipal, Infractions of the ARERM, Infractions of the Electoral Act, DGE


November 18, 2014
The finances of Québec's provincial political parties in 2013 - Despite a drop in revenue from contributions, public financing helps provincial political parties show positive results
Quebec City, November 18, 2014 –– The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, disclosed today the financial reports of the 18 provincial political parties that were authorized in Québec as of December 31, 2013. This portrait of the parties’ finances reveals that over the course of the last year, state financing has enabled most of them to present positive results despite lower revenue from contributions from electors.
Categories : Provincial, Provincial financing, DGE


November 12, 2014
A new service for journalists - The Chief Elector Officer of Québec introduces a distribution list for statements of offence
Quebec City, November 12, 2014 – Journalists interested in receiving copies of statements of offence issued by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec can now sign up for a distribution list so that they can learn of them shortly after they are served. Statements of offence are issued pursuant with the powers of investigation and prosecution entrusted to the Chief Elector Officer of Québec by the Election Act, the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, and the Act respecting school elections.
Categories : Provincial, School Board, Municipal, Infractions of the ARERM, Infractions of the Electoral Act, Infractions of the ASE, DGE


November 11, 2014
Campaign for the leadership of a provincial political party - An elector who makes a contribution must follow the rules
Quebec City, November 11, 2014 – In the context of the current race for leadership of the Parti Québécois, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, wishes to remind all concerned of the rules governing the leadership campaigns of a provincial political party, especially with regard to electors wishing to make a contribution to any of the candidates.
Categories : Provincial, Provincial financing, DGE


October 29, 2014
Electoral participation in the April 7, 2014 general election - Stabilization of the participation rate in Québec
Quebec City, October 29, 2014 –– A study released today on the participation of Québec electors in the April 7, 2014 provincial election reveals a stabilization of the participation rate. For example, in 2014, the participation of young people reached a level comparable to the rates in 2003 and 2007. The decline in turnout of young people observed in 2008, which was reversed in 2012, did not reappear in 2014. The presence of young voters has helped stabilize the participation rate, which has generally been between 70% and 75 % since the 2003 general election.
Categories : Provincial, Election system, DGE, General election 2014


October 9, 2014
Electoral case study concerning women and politics - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec examines factors that might influence women to enter the political arena
Quebec City, October 9, 2014 –– In an electoral case study released today, the Chief Electoral Officer notes that after having experienced a gradual increase in the number and influence of women in provincial politics between1976 and 2003, Québec has, in the last 10 years, entered a period in which the percentage of female MNAs has stagnated, in spite of the holding of four general elections. As a contribution to discussions on this situation, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec is outlining incentives and factors designed to help more women accede to elected positions.
Categories : Provincial, Election system, DGE


October 7, 2014
Election expenses for the April 7, 2014 general election - The parties represented in the National Assembly spent about half the permitted limit
Quebec City, October 7, 2014 ––Lucie Fiset, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, has made public the Summary of the returns of election expenses of the parties and candidates having run in the general election held on April 7, 2014. The figures appearing in this summary were taken from the returns of election expenses submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by the official agents of the parties and the candidates.
Categories : Provincial, Provincial financing, DGE, General election 2014


September 4, 2014
Reform of political financing and the control of election expenses - The Chief Electoral Officer makes a positive assessment and recommends further action
Quebec City, September 4, 2014 –– In a report released today, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, provides a positive assessment of the reforms to political financing and the control of election expenses in Québec enacted since 2010. “We have come a long way in terms of cleaning up financing and improved enforcement of rules, and this has helped restore citizens’ faith in our democratic institutions,” Ms. Fiset pointed out, “especially since the new powers granted to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer since 2010 have made us more effective in our role as watchdog and prosecutor before the courts.”
Categories : Provincial, Municipal, Municipal financing, Provincial financing, DGE


May 20, 2014
Electoral representation - The Commission de la représentation électorale begins updating the electoral map of Québec
Quebec City, May 20, 2014 – The chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale, Jacques Drouin, confirms that the CRE has begun to update the electoral map of Québec. The initiative has been undertaken in accordance with the Election Act, which stipulates that the electoral map must be reviewed when it has been in force for two general elections.
Categories : Provincial, CRE, 2017 electoral map, 2017 electoral map


April 6, 2014
Press release no. 22 – April 7, general election - Close to 5 million electors are invited to the polls tomorrow
Québec, April 6, 2014 – Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, invites close to 5 million electors to exercise their right to vote tomorrow, election day. They are electors who have not already voted at the advance polling from March 28 to April 3. From 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 21 617 polling stations will be open and ninety thousand election officers will be on hand to administer the election. A total of 814 candidates are hoping to win the favour of the electorate.
Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2014


April 4, 2014
Press release no. 21 – April 7, 2014 general election - Final advance polling figures: 19,27 % of the electors registered exercised their right to vote
Québec, April 4, 2014 –– Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, wishes to announce that 1 153 058 electors exercised their right to vote in the advance poll by using the various methods offered to them between March 28 and April 3. This total corresponds to 19,27 % of the total number of electors registered prior to the special revision, which also ended Thursday.
Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2014


April 2, 2014
Press release 20 –April 7, 2014 general election - A new measure will facilitate secure access to polling stations for persons with reduced mobility
Quebec City, April 2, 2014 –In connection with the April 7 vote, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, wishes to inform persons with reduced mobility that further to an agreement reached with the political parties represented at the National Assembly, they will be able to vote in a polling station other than the one they have been assigned, if theirs is inaccessible. The agreement completes the work carried out in the various electoral divisions of Québec to reduce as much as possible the number of polling places which a person in a wheel chair, for example, would find inaccessible.
Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2014


April 1st, 2014
Press release no. 19 – April 7, 2014 general election - Advance polling update after Day 2 : 1 057 706 electors exercised their right to vote
Québec, April 1, 2014 –– At the end of the second day of advance polling held yesterday, March 31, Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, announces that 1 057 706 electors exercised their right to vote to date. This total corresponds to 17,68 % of the total number of electors registered on the lists of electors prior to the special revision. For yesterday, the turnout rate was 8,31%.
Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2014


March 31, 2014
Press release no. 18 – April 7, 2014 general election - Advance polling update after Day 1 : 561 872 electors exercised their right to vote
Québec, March 31, 2014 –– At the end of the first day of advance polling held yesterday, March 30, Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, announces that 561 872 electors exercised their right to vote to date. This total corresponds to 9,39 % of the total number of electors registered on the lists of electors prior to the special revision.
Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2014


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