Final Disposition at Trial – April 2, 2019

Accused: Ghislain Giroux, of Richmond, Québec.
Facts: On November 2, 2018, three charges under the Canada Elections Act were filed in the Court of Quebec in Sherbrooke. The charges resulted from an investigation into events that took place during the 42nd federal general election in 2015.
Offence: Ghislain Giroux was charged with:
  • applying for a ballot in a name that was not his own;
  • having a ballot in his possession, knowing he was not authorized to have it; and
  • obstructing the Commissioner of Canada Elections and/or the persons acting under his direction.
Plea: On April 2, 2019, Ghislain Giroux pleaded guilty to the first and third charges.

A fine of $500 per charge and 100 hours of community service as part of a one year probation. Mr. Giroux has six months to complete the required hours of community service.

Update: On August 25, 2020, Mr. Giroux pleaded guilty to a charge of failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the probation order to which he was subject, following his guilty plea for offences under the Canada Elections Act. For this additional offence, Mr. Giroux is required to complete 120 hours of community service within 12 months, as part of a two-year probation period.

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