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Political Finance Watch: Failure to file an annual return? That's an involuntary deregisterin'.

As noted in today's Ottawa Citizen, nearly four months after the deadline for submitting their annual financial returns for 2011, Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has begun deregistering delinquent federal riding associations for failing to hand over the necessary paperwork.

(For more background, you can peruse my earlier coverage the EDA filing process, including the initial list of deadline-missing associations and a mid-August update.) 

According to the Canada Gazette, 12 federal EDAs are on the Elections Canada status-chopping block for various and sundry reporting oversights, including, as the Citizen pointed out, the first Conservative riding association in Ontario to meet such an ignoble, if almost certainly temporary end since 2004.

(Unexpectedly newly non-extant EDAs can apply for re-registration virtually immediately, although approval is generally contingent on providing all previously requested information, as well as meeting whatever other criteria the CEO deems necessary.)

In any case, here's the current Dead EDA Walking list, with links to the pertinent sections of the Canada Elections Act:

Failure to comply under CEA 403.35 (filing of annual return):

Association libérale fédérale de Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot
Ottawa Vanier Conservative Association
Perth-Wellington Liberal Association

Failure to comply under CEA 403.17 (confirmation/update of required registry information) and 403.35 (filing of financial return) of the Canada Elections Act:


Association de circonscription Gaspésie--Îles-de-la-Madeleine (Green Party)
L'Association du Parti Vert du Canada d'Abitibi--Témiscamingue
L'Association du Parti Vert de Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup

Failure to comply under S 403.17(confirmation/update of required registry information):

Association du Bloc Québécois de Hull--Aylmer
Glengarry--Prescott--Russell Green Party Association
Greens of SDG (Canada)
L'Association du Parti Vert du Canada d'Argenteuil--Papineau--Mirabel
Sarnia--Lambton Green Party EDA

NOTE: According to the Elections Canada database, all of the above riding associations have, in fact, filed annual returns for 2011, but did not submit a signed statement confirming -- or, if necessary, amending -- basic information in the registry.

it's worth noting that the EDA casualty list may soon get a whole lot longer. A search of annual filings available on the EC website reveals as many as 75 riding associations in serious administrative arrears, although the agency does grant extensions for those in need of extra time:   

New Democratic Party (3 outstanding)

Regina Lumsden Lake Centre
Scarborough Rouge River

St. Paul's

Bloc Quebecois  (10 outstanding)


Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles
Joliette
Laurier-Saint-Marie
Laval
Levis-Bellechasse

Louis-Saint-Laurent
Louis Hebert
Montmagny L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup
Rivier des Mille-Iles

Trois Rivieres

Conservative Party (10 outstanding)

Acadie Bathurst
Burnaby-Douglas

Churchill
Edmonton Centre

Etobicoke Lakeshore
Etobicoke North

Jonquiere Alma

Nickel Belt
Oakville
Ottawa Vanier

Liberal Party (22 outstanding)

Bas-Richelieu-Nicolet-Becancour
Beauport-Limoilou
Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles
Compton Stanstead
Davenport

Egmont
Fredericton

Hochelaga
Labrador
Laurentides-Labelle
Louis-Saint-Laurent
Madawaska Restigouche
Quinte
Papineau
Perth Wellington

Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke
Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot
Saint-Laurent-Cartierville

St. John's South - Mount Pearl

Toronto Centre
Toronto Danforth

Vaudreuil Soulanges


Green Party (30 outstanding) 

Abitibi Temiscamingue
Beauce
Blackstrap
Brampton West

Cambridge
Cape Breton Canso
Chatham Essex
Cypress Hills - Grasslands

Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine
Halifax
Huron Bruce
Levis-Bellechasse
London West
Marc-Aurele-Fortin
Mississauga South
Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere du Loup
Montmorency-Charlevoix-Haute-Cote-Nord
Newton North Delta
Peace River
Portneuf-Jacques Cartier
Repentigny
Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot
South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale
Surrey North

Wascana
Westmount Ville Marie
Windsor West
Winnipeg South Centre
York South Weston
York West
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