Summary of the Notice of Violation

Date of violation Between September 11 and October 21, 2019
Name of individual, corporation or entity Rebel News Network Ltd
Section of the Act 353(1)
Baseline amount $1,500
Aggravating factor N/A
Mitigating factor N/A
AMP total amount $1,500
Issued by Deputy Commissioner

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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