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.
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.
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