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June 1st, 2015
A core institution of democracy - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec celebrates 70 years of service to Québec electors
Quebec City, June 1, 2015 – Today, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, marks the 70th anniversary of an institution that is at the very heart of Québec democracy and has serviced Québec electors for seven decades. This event is an opportunity to recall the evolution that the institution has undergone, characterized by increased responsibilities and independence. In the past decade, thanks to the availability of various means of communication, the Chief Electoral Officer has also developed a closer relationship with electors, while access to voting has become highly diversified indeed.
Categories : Divers, DGE


April 30, 2015
Provincial political party financing -
Quebec, April 30, 2015 – For the purpose of making the financing and expenses of provincial political parties in Québec more transparent and uniform, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec has prescribed a standardized addition to the information required in their annual financial reports. Henceforth, it will be easier to know where funding for political parties and their authorities comes from and how their financial resources are used. The financial reports will now clearly show, for example, what portion of financing comes from public funding and will give a clearer understanding of how a party has used its funds. Moreover, the way financial information is reported will be standardized for all parties.
Categories : Provincial, Provincial financing, DGE


April 23, 2015
75th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote in Québec - The Chief Electoral Officer Launches a Website and Commemorative Logo
Quebec City, April 23, 2015 – To mark the 75th anniversary of Québec women getting the right to vote and the right to run for office in provincial elections, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec is adding a commemorative logo to its institutional signature. The logo will appear whenever the Chief Electoral Officer’s signature is disseminated in the coming weeks as a reminder of a major turning point in the Québec democratic history. In addition, the Chief Electoral Officer is launching today the new website www.votedesfemmes.quebec as another way to mark this 75th anniversary. The website leads to a variety of content related to women’s voting rights and directs visitors to other websites dedicated to the event. Moreover, the Chief Electoral Officer has collaborated with the Québec National Assembly on the Aux urnes citoyennes! exhibit opening in the provincial parliament building in Québec City.
Categories : Election system, DGE


March 24, 2015
School elections of November 2, 2014 - Candidates spent more than $950,000 attempting to get elected
Quebec City, March 24, 2015 – An analysis of the financial reports and election expenses related to the school election of November 2, 2014, reveals that 814 of the 1,372 candidates authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec incurred election expenses totaling $956,000. To cover these expenses, they collected nearly $700,000 in contributions, mostly from themselves, in addition to borrowing a total of $318,000. These figures are taken from the Portrait sur le financement et les dépenses des candidats autorisés (Portrait of the financing and expenses of authorized candidates) released today by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec. The document also presents various statistics on the candidacies, in which in particular it can be noted that 43% of those who ran in the school elections were women, and 57% of the candidates elected are between 45 and 64 years old, an age group that corresponds to 29% of the population.
Categories : School Board, General elections, School board financing, DGE


February 25, 2015
Authorization of the Union Montréal municipal political party - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec will continue to rigorously apply the law
Quebec City, February 20,2015 – The Chief Electoral Officer, Lucie Fiset, has confirmed that the Union Montréal municipal political party has once again been enrolled in the register of authorized political entities (REPAQ). As such, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer is respecting the Superior Court ruling of February 10, 2015 concerning the office’s decision to withdraw the party’s authorization. It will not appeal the ruling, and thus will most notably avoid the costs linked to a continuation of the legal debate. Ms.Fiset also points out that on a certain number of legal questions, the Court provided opinions that confirm her office’s jurisdiction as regards the withdrawal of authorization, along with clarifications for parameters regarding the authorization of municipal political parties.
Categories : Municipal, Municipal financing, Authorized political parties, DGE


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 30, 2014
Exercising the right to vote in the school elections of November 2 - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec issues a reminder to electors that being entered on the list of electors is required in order to vote
Quebec City, October 29, 2014 – A few days before polling begins for the general school elections of November 2, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, is reaching out to electors to remind them that they must be entered on the list of electors to exercise their right to vote.
Categories : School Board, General elections, 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


October 1st, 2014
School Elections of November 2, 2014 - Would you like to vote? Your name must be entered on the list of school electors
Québec City, October 1, 2014 –– The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Lucie Fiset, invites electors who would like to exercise their right to vote during the school elections of November 2, 2014, to ensure that their name is correctly entered on the list of electors of their school board.
Categories : School Board, General elections, DGE


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