Publication of AMPs

Date of Violation Name of individual, corporation or entity Section of the Act Baseline Amount Aggravating Factor Mitigating Factor AMP Total Amount
Between September 11 and October 21, 2019 Rebel News Network Ltd 352 $1,500 N/A N/A $1,500

Key facts of violation

During the election period for the 43rd federal general election, Rebel News Network Ltd (Rebel News) distributed lawn signs that clearly opposed a registered party and its leader, giving reasonable grounds to believe that Rebel News carried out "election advertising", as defined at subsections 2(1) and (7) of the Canada Elections Act (Act).

In accordance with section 352 of the Act, a third party must include in any election advertising message placed by it, in a manner that is clearly visible or otherwise accessible, its name, its telephone number, either its civic or its Internet address, and an indication in or on the message that it authorized its transmission (commonly referred to as a "tagline"). As the election advertising message contained on the lawn signs distributed by Rebel News did not contain the required tagline as they did not provide the third party's telephone number, its civic or Internet address, and an indication on the message that the third party authorized its transmission.

There are therefore reasonable grounds to believe that Rebel News contravened section 352 of the Act.


Date of Violation Name of individual, corporation or entity Section of the Act Baseline Amount Aggravating Factor Mitigating Factor AMP Total Amount
Between September 11 and October 21, 2019 Rebel News Network Ltd 353(1) $1,500 N/A N/A $1,500

Key facts of violation

During the election period for the 43rd federal general election, Rebel News Network Ltd (Rebel News) distributed lawn signs that clearly opposed a registered party and its leader, giving reasonable grounds to believe that Rebel News carried out “election advertising”, as defined at subsections 2(1) and (7) of the Canada Elections Act (the Act). Further, there are reasonable grounds to believe that Rebel News incurred costs of $500 or more for the production and distribution of the signs.

In accordance with subsection 353(1) of the Act, a third party must register immediately after having incurred $500 in regulated election period expenses. The application for registration must be sent to the Chief Electoral Officer. Elections Canada has confirmed that no application for registration as a third party has been received from Rebel News for the purposes of the 43rd federal general election.

There are therefore reasonable grounds to believe that Rebel News contravened subsection 353(1) of the Act.

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