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UPDATED - Liberal campaign staffer charged with failure to file 2008 candidate return

Hot off the Elections Canada presses comes news that charges have been laid against the official agent for the Liberal candidate trounced by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in the 2008 federal election

According to the release, Amandeep Gill faces two counts of failure to file the required financial reports for that ill-fated campaign, and will appear in court on June 17th.

The full statement of charges, as posted on the EC website:

Count 1.

That Amandeep Gill, being the official agent of a candidate, did, on or between February 13th, 2009 and April 30th, 2013, at or near the City of Calgary or elsewhere in the Province of Alberta, fail to provide the Chief Electoral Officer for the federal general election held on October 14, 2008, with an electoral campaign return, substantially in the prescribed form, on the financing and expenses for the candidate's electoral campaign as required under section 451 of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c. 9, as amended, and did thereby commit an offence contrary to paragraph 497(1)(u) of the Canada Elections Act; and

Count 2.

That Amandeep Gill, being the official agent of a candidate, did on or between February 13th, 2009 and April 30th, 2013, at or near the City of Calgary or elsewhere in the Province of Alberta, wilfully fail to provide the Chief Electoral Officer for the federal general election held on October 14, 2008, with an electoral campaign return, substantially in the prescribed form, on the financing and expenses for the candidate's electoral campaign as required under section 451 of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c.9, as amended, and did thereby commit an offence contrary to paragraph 497(3)(r) of the Canada Elections Act .

Although the name of the candidate is not given, Elections Canada has confirmed that Gill served as official agent for Calgary Southeast Liberal candidate --and distant third-place finisher -- Brad Carroll.


UPDATE: Via my CBC Calgary colleagues, erstwhile Liberal candidate Brad Carroll's comments: 

 I just became aware of the situation today and was a little surprised that charges were being brought by Elections Canada. I was aware that EC had started an investigation but had not been informed of their intentions.

I have had no contact with Ms. Gill for the last few years and only know that she went awol shortly after the election without filing the return. I am in the process of assigning a new financial agent so that this matter can be cleared.


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