Redcliff Realty Owned Cornwall Square Shopping Mall Refused to Allow SD&SG Green Party Candidate Entrance – March 26, 2011

Redcliff Realty Owned Cornwall Square Shopping Mall Refused to Allow SD&SG Green Party Candidate Entrance – March 26, 2011

Cornwall ON – Green Party of SD&SG Ontario Candidate Mr. Wyatt Walsh was expelled from the Redcliff Realty owned Cornwall Square shopping centre early Saturday on the first day of active campaigning.

Police had to be brought into the matter and Chris Savard, a former city councilor and failed PC Provincial candidate had to be read the act and risk a $2000.00 fine.

Mr. Savard was said to have stated that he’d inform his security staff and that Mr. Walsh would be allowed as per the laws to campaign in the shopping mall.

Here is the letter explaining the current status for candidates.

Subject: Access to Public Places and Residential Dwellings by Candidates and Their Representatives

 

Dear Madam or Sir:

On July 26, 2007, a number of changes to the Canada Elections Act came into force.

Among these changes are measures aimed at improving the ability of candidates to communicate with electors.

The legislation now gives candidates and their representatives a right of access to buildings, land, streets or other places that are open without charge to the public. The new provisions make it an offence for persons in control of public places, such as  shopping malls, to prevent candidates and their representatives from campaigning when the premises are open without charge to members of the public.

This right of access exists equally for all candidates, irrespective of their political affiliation or the views that they promote.  The only exceptions are if the campaigning activities would be incompatible with the function and purpose of the place or inconsistent with public safety. These are narrow exceptions that I expect will find application only in rare circumstances.  Other amendments to the  Canada Elections Act  require that administrators of gated communities provide, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., access to candidates and their representatives.

These amendments supplement similar access rights that have been present in the Canada Elections Act for several years. These include the right of candidates and their representatives to have access, within apartment buildings and condominiums to canvass, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at the doors of apartments, units or houses, as the case may be. As well, candidates and their representatives have a corresponding right to campaign in the common areas of multipleresidence buildings during those hours.

This right of access may only be denied by a person in control of a multiple residence building whose residents’ physical or emotional well-being may be harmed as a result. Persons who contravene these rules are liable to a fine of up to $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of up to six months, or to both.  For more information, see the enclosed relevant provisions of the  Canada Elections Act  or visit www.elections.ca.

Yours truly

Marc Mayrand Chief Electoral Officer

Makes one wonder if Mr. Savard was ignorant of the procedures for Political Candidates in this country or simply being partisan?

Mr. Walsh stated that he will be at Cornwall Square Sunday.

This story will be updated as video is available.

What do you think Canada?  You can post your comments below.

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8 Comments on "Redcliff Realty Owned Cornwall Square Shopping Mall Refused to Allow SD&SG Green Party Candidate Entrance – March 26, 2011"

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Roy Berger
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Thank goodness for Marc Mayrand, the police, the criminal code and the Crown. Local petty bureaucratic officials will beg to have their sensibilities tested against their own banality. One wonders what sort of intellectual bullying that the pin stripe, pin head crowd have previously successfully waged against those less secure in the foundation of their rights and freedoms. Thank goodness The Peter Principle applies and certain Calvinistic people have reached the upper limit of their civil competency and don’t have further power over others. Better their ethical fraudulence be established now, in typical contempt against the citizen elite. Those in… Read more »
Stan
Member

Savard is embarassed now that he will have to explain for Guy Lauzon the reason why he has to let Walsh into the Cornwall Square Shopping Centre

Sue
Guest

Was the escaltors working cause the elevators at the square smell like pee

smee
Guest

I have known Wyatt since school..If anyone can expose the local stupidity and political inbred policies it’s Wyatt. I just hope he uses a little humility in his endeavours. He could review Mark Mc Donald’s and Korey Kennedy’s lessons learned lists and what not to do.

Good luck Wyatt!!!

PJA
Guest

“I just hope he uses a little humility in his endeavours.”
posted by Smee, March 27/11

My God, but that’s rich coming out of your mouth, Smee. If ANYONE is in need of some humility, it’s YOU.

Reg
Guest

Not bad Smee, you almost approve of someone and you only misspelled Mark MacDonald’s name (which by the way is in the ad at the top of this page).

smee
Guest

Yes Cornwall your best shines in the Cornwall Freenews, good comments Reg and PJA.

However like many of your posts they are mundane and obtuse and lack relevance. Good luck!

News Worthy
Guest

Hey!! I’m going down to Cornwall Square on Sunday to see Mr. Walsh! He has a gift of gab and can out smart many a politician at their word game. As for the mall cops and other political party assistants, they should get it together! Go Green Go!!