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Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the May 15, 2000 By-election held in St. John's West


Disposition of offences under the Canada Elections Act

On November 23, 1999, Mr. Randy Wells, candidate in the electoral district of Humber–St. Barbe–Baie Verte, Newfoundland, pleaded guilty to failing to transmit or cause to be transmitted to the returning officer a declaration respecting the candidate's election expenses, within four months of the June 2, 1997, general election, contrary to subsection 236(2) of the Canada Elections Act. Mr. Wells was fined $200, to be paid within a period of 60 days. Since this offence constitutes an illegal practice, Mr. Wells loses his right to vote or to be a candidate, or to hold an office where appointment is made by the Crown or Governor in Council, for five consecutive years.

On November 23, 1999, Mr. Brian John Sheppard, official agent in the electoral district of Humber–St. Barbe–Baie Verte, Newfoundland, pleaded guilty to failing to transmit to the returning officer the auditor's report and a candidate's return respecting election expenses within four months of the June 2, 1997, general election, contrary to subsection 236(2) of the Canada Elections Act. Mr. Sheppard was granted a conditional discharge with a nine-month probation period. Since this offence constitutes an illegal practice, Mr. Sheppard loses his right to vote or to be a candidate, or to hold an office where appointment is made by the Crown or Governor in Council, for five consecutive years.

Information on all convictions arising from the October 1992 referendum and the October 1993 and June 1997 general elections can be found in the Sentencing Digest on the Elections Canada Web site.