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Commissioner of Canada Elections Enters into
Compliance Agreement with Sonny Moroz

Gatineau, March 12, 2020

The Commissioner of Canada Elections has entered into a compliance agreement with Mr. Sonny Moroz for events related to the 43rd federal general election, which took place in October 2019.

Mr. Moroz acknowledged that, as a canvasser for the candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the electoral district of Mount Royal, he removed electoral pamphlets belonging to the Conservative Party of Canada's candidate, from unit door handles in an apartment building. Under the Canada Elections Act, it is illegal to prevent or impair the transmission to the public of an advertising message without the consent of a person with the authority to authorize its transmission. As part of the terms and conditions of the agreement, Mr. Moroz has agreed to pay $750 to the Receiver General for Canada.

The full text of the compliance agreement is available on the Commissioner of Canada Elections' website at:

Compliance agreements are voluntary and outline the terms and conditions that the Commissioner considers necessary to ensure compliance with the Canada Elections Act, including the payment of an amount to the Receiver General. The ability to negotiate enhanced compliance agreements has been in place since April 1, 2019. 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.

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