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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Frank's "Incorrect" Nomination Expenses

UPDATE: Seems there must have been a glitch on the Elections Canada database when Right from Alberta took his screenshot, upon which this entire post was founded. When checking today, Frank's correct nomination contest numbers came up, which completely contradicts the entire content of this post. As such, consider it withdrawn... but I'm leaving it up "for the record", as I don't like to delete posts, lest someone accuse me of trying to hide something. A correction post has also been made on my blog. [END UPDATE]

I debated whether or not to blog this one, but I think it's at least worth the public debate.

Right from Alberta posted the other day on Guelph Liberal candidate Frank Valeriote's nomination expenses... or, should I say, his lack thereof. According to his submitted Elections Canada returns, Frank was pretty confident going into the Guelph Liberal nomination contest... so much so, that he didn't spend a single dime on it... nor did he even accept a single donation to his cause.

Here's the official Nomination contest return from Elections Canada:

Now, in Frank's defence, it does appear that he does have all the paperwork in order, as required by Elections Canada. According to Elections Canada, he must:
Provide the Nomination Contestant’s Statement of Personal Expenses to the financial agent no later than 3 months after selection day even if it is a NIL statement

Submit the Contestant's Nomination Campaign Return and related documents within 4 months of the selection date of the contest (if contributions or expenses are $1,000 or more)
So, according to Elections Canada, it looks like Frank did indeed file all the required paperwork... he filed a NIL statement. Meaning he didn't raise, nor spend, a dime on his nomination contest.

Of course, I wasn't there, so I can't prove anything otherwise. However, I do have one question... did Frank have any buttons or posters with his name on them? If so, wouldn't they be considered nomination contest expenses?

And then, of course, there's the problem of his website... you see, according to the WHOIS lookup, Frank's website was originally registered on October 4, 2006. However, the nomination wasn't held until April of 2007. Now I don't have any screenshots archived, but do I happen to know that Frank used his domain name during his nomination contest... a simple Google search on "Frank Valeriote" and "Putting Guelph First", his original campaign slogan, pulls up his link. (that search also pulls up my story on how he had to change his campaign slogan, but that's another story for another time). But in addition to having a nomination website, he also had a phone number set up for his nomination, I remember it being also listed on the website. As such, they also should have been deemed as nomination contest expenses... should they not?

Now you're likely asking yourself, "Why on earth is this idiot bothering with these tiny little details?" Well, that's actually a very valid question! Here's why...

If Frank is elected as an MP, he'll have to regularly file his MP's expenses. Today, I've shared some research I've been able to do with his previous Elections Canada submissions... and brought to light some, shall we say, discrepencies... legitimate nomination expenses he should have claimed, but did not for one reason or another.

So there's a big an important question that arises... he's a lawyer. He should be fully aware of the legal definitions on what is and is not considered a nomination expense. If he's already not correctly filling out the legally required paperwork, what's going to happen if he becomes a Member of Parliament?

Of course, this could all be a simple misunderstanding, and someone else may have simply done the paperwork for him, and didn't correctly submit his nomination expenses on his behalf. As such, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, and wait for him to publicly release his corrected and resubmitted Nomination Expense forms. He has six days before by-election writ... though he may get an extension if a new general election writ drops.

Here's hoping that the local media will also inquire as to his missing and/or incorrect Elections Canada paperwork... after all, he is seeking to represent us in Ottawa.

WARNING: Be smart with your comments folks... I'll publish everything that isn't stupid

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  • At Mon Sep 01, 09:46:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger WE Speak said…

    The .ca was registered on October 10th for $13.86 Canadian, the .com was registered on the 6th of October through for $14.37 Canadian. Total of $28.23. It may seem minor, but they are expenses nonetheless. It would be interesting to find out if he sent any letters to members, made a button or two. Was there any advertising in local papers? Volunteer labour can be donated on the campaign as long as they are not the business or occupation of the person donating. For example, someone who designs websites for a living can't donate website design to a campaign. Goods and services must still be registered as an expense, even if donated.

  • At Tue Sep 02, 08:49:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    Frank's money is none of my business!!!!!

    What he spent and who contributed and how much has ZERO bearing on his ability to serve as MP.

    And before everyone else jumps down my throat accusing me of being some pinko-commie, keep in mind I side with the Conservatives on the whole In/Out thing.

    The stupid election money laws are just another excuse to keep some government worker with a paycheck in his pocket.

    Mike Wisniewski


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