Elections Canada Fines 14 Candidates for 2019 Election Violations


Elections Canada imposed 14 fines related to fundraising and campaign finances during the 2019 federal election.

Independent candidate Archie MacKinnon’s official agent, Martin Pickup, was fined $500 for two separate offences, including accepting cash contributions over $20 and accepting a donation over the maximum of $1,600 that an individual can give to a candidate.

Pickup also deposited a check for $14,900 from Elections Canada into a personal account instead of the campaign account.

A dozen people were fined $300 to $500 for failing to submit financial reports on time, or not at all, detailing their campaign spending and funding.

Of these, three were candidates for the People’s Party of Canada candidates, one for the Green Party, one Independent and one for the Fourth Canadian Front.

The other six people fined were candidates for the Liberal Party nomination in their ridings.

Elections Canada requires that campaign returns be submitted within four months of election day or four months after a candidate is selected in a nomination contest.

The fines imposed on Thursday are in addition to the 10 fines imposed in May, all dating back to the 2019 race.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 14, 2022.