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Commissioner of Canada Elections
Enters into Two Compliance Agreements

Gatineau, July 8, 2016

Two separate investigations conducted by the Commissioner of Canada Elections have resulted in compliance agreements.

The Commissioner entered into compliance agreements with Mr. Jérôme Bessette and Mr. Gordon Boleychuk for wilfully taking a ballot out of a polling station. In his compliance agreement, Mr. Boleychuk also acknowledged and accepted responsibility for having wilfully altered, defaced or destroyed a ballot.

The full text of the two compliance agreements is available on the Commissioner of Canada Elections Web site at:

Compliance agreements are voluntary and outline the terms and conditions that the Commissioner considers necessary to ensure compliance with the Canada Elections Act. These agreements may include a statement by the individual or organization (contracting party) admitting responsibility for the act or omission constituting the offence. The admission of responsibility does not constitute a criminal conviction by a court of law and does not create a criminal record for the contracting party. More information about compliance agreements can be found at sections 517 to 521 of the Canada Elections Act.

The Commissioner of Canada Elections is the independent officer responsible for ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Canada Elections Act and the federal Referendum Act.

For information specific to this matter:

Commissioner of Canada Elections Media Relations
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