Press Releases and Media Advisories
Chief Electoral Officer Requests Conservative Party of Canada
to Open Its Books
OTTAWA, Thursday, June 29, 2006 — The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean‑Pierre Kingsley, has released the following statement.
- This statement is made in the context of the comments made by The
Honourable John Baird to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional
Affairs on June 27, 2006, regarding fees paid to attend the 2005 Conservative
Party policy convention.
- The rules respecting the determination of contributions in the context
of political events are clear and have been applied consistently.
Canada has not audited the books of the Conservative Party regarding this
- Elections Canada does not have the legal authority to audit the
books of any registered party or to require their production.
- Elections Canada
asked for such authority in
recommendation 4.1 of its 2005 recommendations
report, Completing the Cycle of Electoral Reforms,
which is available on the Elections Canada Web site at www.elections.ca.
- The public has the right to know exactly what happened in this case.
- The Chief Electoral Officer requests the Conservative Party of Canada to provide him with the necessary documents and supporting information to allow the public to know that the law has been respected.
Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.Information:
Elections Canada Media Relations
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