Inside Politics

Liberal official agent faces charges over 2006 campaign

The official agent for a 2006 federal Liberal candidate in Quebec is facing seven charges under the Canada Elections Act for failing to open and use a bank account for the candidate, failing to pay claims and failing to file information demanded by Elections Canada, the commissioner for Canada Elections said Friday.

Jacques Chouinard, who was the official agent for Liberal candidate Jean-Claude Gobé, faces seven charges and will be in court on Oct. 17.

Gobé came in second in 2006 in Quebec's Alfred-Pellan riding.

Chouinard failed to open a separate bank account for the candidate and pay the campaign expenses out of it, something absolutely required by Elections Canada. He also neglected to pay some campaign expenses, then didn't file additional information ordered by Elections Canada or make changes required by the agency. 

The charges cover dates ranging from January, 2006, until now.

You can go here to read the list of charges under the act.

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