Greater Victoria municipal election candidates face fines for violating advertising rules

Two Greater Victoria municipal election candidates are facing fines for breaching campaign finance rules.

Elections B.C. fined Saanich mayoral candidate Fred Haynes and Victorian parliamentary candidate Janice Williams on Tuesday (Nov. 8) after two candidates were found to have sponsored campaign ads without authorization during the pre-campaign period. .

On Aug. 31, Elections BC received a complaint about an ad on Saanich News promoting Haynes as Saanich’s mayoral candidate but lacking a statement of authorization.

A subsequent investigation by BC Elections found another ad promoting Haynes, also lacking an authorization statement, that had been posted a week earlier.

Elections BC received two complaints about internet ads on August 27 and 30, as well as ads posted in lifts promoting Williams for Victorian Parliament. While the ad stated that they were authorized by Williams, they did not provide contact information.

Section 44(1) of the Local Elections Campaign Finance Act requires a candidate sponsoring an election advertisement to identify the financial agent of the advertisement, show that it is authorized by the financial agent, and provide a BC telephone number, email address, or BC mailing address, The address is where the financial agent can be contacted.

Haynes needs to pay $150 fine, while Williams must pay B.C. chief election officer $100

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