When Should I Complain?
Knowingly making or publishing, during an election period, a false statement about a candidate, a prospective candidate, the leader of a political party or a public figure associated with a political party, could be an offence under the Act, if the statement is made or published with the intention to affect the results of an election. The types of statements that may fall within this category include:
- a false statement that a candidate, a prospective candidate, the leader of a political party or a public figure associated with a political party has committed, or has been charged with or is under investigation for, an offence under federal or provincial law; or
- a false statement about the citizenship, place of birth, education, professional qualifications or membership in a group or association of any of the individuals outlined above.