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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


September 19, 2014
School Elections of November 2, 2014 - Rules on financing and the control of election expenses will be applied during the school election period
Québec City, September 19, 2014 – The Chief Electoral Officer, Ms. Lucie Fiset, would like to remind the public that the rules governing financing and the control of expenses will be applied during the election period that begins today in the 69 Québec school boards, in view of the general elections of November 2, 2014. During the last school general elections, in 2007, candidates filed returns showing total election expenses of $1,045,000, received more than $747,000 in contributions and contracted around $336,000 in loans.
Categories : School Board, General elections, DGE


September 19, 2014
School general elections are scheduled in Québec on November 2, 2014
Québec City, September 19, 2014–– Pursuant to the Act Respecting School Elections, general elections will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014, in 60 French language school boards and nine English language school boards in Québec. These elections are held to fill 712 commissioner’s positions (617 in francophone school boards and 95 on the English side). Moreover, for the first time, the 69 school board Chairpersons will be elected at the same elections. About 5.9 million electors will be called to vote in these elections.
Categories : School Board, General elections, DGE


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


June 19, 2014
Comparison of 2009 and 2013 election years in Québec - The municipal political parties and authorized independent candidates received fewer resources in 2013
Québec City, June 19, 2014 –– The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Jacques Drouin, today announces the publication of an accessible information document titled “Data and statistics in municipal financing”. This document can be found on the DGEQ’s website at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca. It confirms, among other things, that when comparing the 2009 electoral year to that of 2013, the municipal political parties and authorized independent candidates received fewer resources in 2013.
Categories : Municipal, Municipal financing, DGE


April 24, 2014
Jacques Drouin, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, will step down on July 11 of this year
Quebec City, April 24, 2014 – The Chief Electoral Officer and Chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale du Québec, Jacques Drouin, will step down on July 11, 2014, bringing to an end a 36-year career in the Québec civil service, including 34 years with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (DGE). Mr. Drouin tendered his resignation yesterday to Jacques Chagnon, Speaker of the Québec National Assembly.
Categories : Divers, DGE


April 10, 2014
Municipal political parties - The Chief Electoral Officer withdraws his authorization of the Vision Montréal party
Quebec City, April 10, 2014 – In answer to a request received from the party leader, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, withdrew his authorization of the Équipe Harel - Vision Montréal municipal party, effective April 7, 2014.
Categories : Municipal, Municipal financing, Authorized political parties, DGE


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


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