Elections Canada & Political Party Fraud

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Elections Canada & Political Party Fraud

Canada is a great country and full of a great mixture of different cultures from other parts of the world. While we used to refer to ourself as being a melting pot of cultures, we now look at it a a mosaic with many beautiful pieces. In our country, our election system is taken very seriously, and as such not every person can or should apply to be a registered political party. As you will see by the information courtesy of Elections Canada, there are many requirements prior to any political party being given election status or make the claim they are a registered political party such is the case for at least one person who is claiming on their Facebook page to have a “registered political party”. After careful research both federally and provincially, this person and their party are not in fact a registered political as they are falsely claiming. For that reason I have sent a message to both Elections Canada and Elections BC to see what their view is of a person claiming to be a registered political organization when in fact they are not. I will update with the information I receive from both of our government organizations as they become available. Thanks for reading my blog and remember to question what you see because, as in this case, what you see may not always be what it really is. Stay safe.

Registration of Federal Political Parties

This backgrounder summarizes the requirements for registering federal political parties and for maintaining registered status. For the full legal requirements, please refer to the Canada Elections Act.

This information includes changes brought about by Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act, which came into force on May 15, 2004. For more information about the effects of the amending Act, see the backgrounder on New Law for Registering Political Parties (EC 90538).

History

Since Confederation, most candidates for election to the House of Commons have been affiliated with political parties. Political parties were not formally recognized in the Canada Elections Act until 1970, however, when changes to the Act also allowed the political affiliations of candidates to be shown on the ballots.

The voluntary registration of political parties was introduced in 1974. By registering with the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, a party undertakes to disclose political contributions and expenditures, among other responsibilities, and receives several benefits.

What is a political party?

The Canada Elections Act defines a political party as “an organization one of whose fundamental purposes is to participate in public affairs by endorsing one or more of its members as candidates and supporting their election.”

Forming and registering a federal political party are two different things. There is no legislation regulating the formation of federal political parties. Once a party exists, it may apply to be registered under the Act.

The Act uses the following terms:

eligible party: a party that has applied for registration under the Act, and that has met all of the legal requirements to be registered (including having at least 250 members who are electors), other than running a candidate at a general election or by-election

registered party: a party is registered under the Act if it succeeds in endorsing one or more confirmed candidates in a general election or a by-election after it has become eligible for registration

deregistered party: a registered party that has been deregistered by the Chief Electoral Officer for failing to endorse a confirmed candidate in at least one electoral district, for failing to have three officers in addition to its leader, for failing to have at least 250 members who are electors or for failing to file documents specified by the Act. A registered party may also be deregistered by the Chief Electoral Officer by the order of a competent court on the application of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, if the party does not meet the Act’s definition of a political party. A party may deregister voluntarily.
Party name on the ballot

One of the traditional benefits of registered status for a political party is that the party’s name may appear on the ballot, together with the name of the party’s candidate in that electoral district. If a candidate is not endorsed by a registered party, the candidate can choose to have either the word “independent” or nothing at all under his or her name on the ballot.

Applying for registration

A political party that wishes to participate in a federal general election or by-election may apply to register with the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. The application for registration must be signed by the party leader and must include:

the full name of the political party

either the party’s short-form name or the abbreviation of the party’s name, if any, which will appear on election documents such as the ballot

the party’s logo, if any

the name and address of the party’s leader, and a copy of the party’s resolution to appoint its leader that is certified by the leader and another officer of the party

the address of the party’s office where records are kept and to which communications may be addressed

the names and addresses of the party’s officers and their signed consent to act (minimum of three officers)

the name and address of the party’s auditor and the auditor’s signed consent to act as auditor

the name and address of the party’s chief agent and his or her signed consent to act as chief agent

the names, addresses and signatures of 250 electors and their declarations in the prescribed form that they are members of the party and support the party’s application for registration

the leader’s declaration in the prescribed form that having considered all the factors relevant to determining the party’s purposes, one of the party’s fundamental purposes is to participate in public affairs by endorsing one or more of its members as candidates and supporting their election
The entire application, including the names of the members, is a public document. To confirm the accuracy of the leader’s declaration about the party’s fundamental purposes, the Chief Electoral Officer may ask the leader to provide further relevant information.

Restrictions on party names

The name, short-form name, abbreviation or logo of the political party applying for registration must not so resemble the name, short-form name, abbreviation or logo of another party as to be confused with it. The name must not include the word “independent” or any word likely to be confused with it. If the party intends to adopt French and English versions of its name, both versions must be submitted with the application.

Appointing officers of the party

An eligible party and a registered party must at all times have at least three officers in addition to the leader of the party. Only a person whose ordinary residence is in Canada is eligible to be an officer of a registered or eligible party (officers must provide their residential address).

The party must report any new appointment of an officer to the Chief Electoral Officer, accompanied by a copy of the signed consent of that person to act as an officer.

If a person ceases to be an officer of the party for any reason, and if the remaining number of officers is less than four (including the leader), the party must appoint a replacement within 30 days.

Subject to some exceptions, a person must not act as an officer of an eligible or registered party if that person knows that the party does not have as one of its fundamental purposes participating in public affairs by endorsing one or more of its members as candidates and supporting their election.

Appointing an auditor

A party applying for registration must appoint as its auditor an eligible person or partnership that is a member in good standing of a corporation, association or institute of professional accountants (e.g. CA, CMA, CGA). The party appoints its auditor in accordance with its internal bylaws. The auditor must sign a declaration accepting the appointment. If an auditor ceases to hold office for any reason, the party must appoint a new auditor at once, and the leader must notify the Chief Electoral Officer of the change in writing within 30 days.

The following persons are not eligible to be an auditor for a registered party:

an election officer or a member of the staff of a returning officer

a candidate

an officer of a registered or eligible party

an official agent of a candidate

a chief agent of a registered party or an eligible party

a registered agent of a registered party

electoral district agents of registered associations

leadership contestants and their leadership campaign agents

nomination contestants and their financial agents, or

financial agents of registered third parties
Appointing a chief agent

A party applying for registration must appoint an eligible person or corporation as its chief agent. To be eligible for appointment as chief agent, a person must be eligible to vote and must have the capacity to enter into contracts in the province or territory in which the person ordinarily resides.

For a corporation to be eligible, it must have been incorporated under federal or provincial law. If the chief agent is a corporation, any declaration by the chief agent required under the Act must be completed by a person authorized to sign on behalf of the corporation.

The following persons are not eligible to be a chief agent:

an election officer or a member of the staff of a returning officer

a candidate

an undischarged bankrupt

an auditor appointed under the Act

a person who is not an elector or a corporation incorporated under federal or provincial law, or

a person who does not have the capacity to enter into contracts in the province or territory in which the person ordinarily resides
The chief agent must sign a declaration accepting the appointment. If a chief agent ceases to hold office for any reason, the party must appoint a new chief agent at once, and the leader must notify the Chief Electoral Officer in writing within 30 days of the change.

Party membership declarations

The Act provides that an application to register a political party must include the names, addresses and signatures of 250 electors as well as their declarations, in the prescribed form, that they are members of the party and support the party’s application for registration.

The prescribed form is entitled Declaration of a Member of the Party (EC 20225) and includes:

the member’s surname and given name(s)

the member’s full residential address and mailing address, if different

the member’s date of birth (optional) along with authorization for Elections Canada to verify the information using the National Register of Electors (optional)

confirmation that the member is a qualified elector under the Act (i.e. 18 years old and a Canadian citizen), is a member of the political party and supports its application for registration

acknowledgement that the member is aware that it is an offence under the Act to make a false or misleading declaration
To be valid, the member’s declaration must be signed and dated. The party must submit the members’ original declaration forms to Elections Canada. Neither faxes nor copies are accepted to validate the declarations.

If a member provided his or her date of birth along with authorization for Elections Canada to verify the information using the National Register of Electors, Elections Canada will not communicate with the member unless there are concerns about the validity of the information provided on the declaration form. If the member chose not to provide his or her date of birth, Elections Canada will communicate with the member to verify the information provided on the declaration form.

How is an application verified?

Applications for registration are reviewed by the Registrar of Political Parties to ensure that they meet all the requirements of the Act. If an application is incomplete, the Registrar will tell the party leader what is missing and provide an opportunity for the party to complete the registration.

If the application appears complete, a detailed review process follows.

The Chief Electoral Officer has a legal obligation to satisfy himself that a party seeking registration meets all the requirements of the Act, including the verification of 250 electors who are party members and support the party’s application for registration.

Elections Canada will use the National Register of Electors to verify a member’s declaration that contains his or her date of birth and authorization to use the Register. If there are concerns about the validity of a member’s declaration, or if a member has not provided his or her date of birth along with the authorization, Elections Canada will communicate directly with the member to verify the information on the declaration form.

Elections Canada strongly recommends that the party include in its application for registration more than 250 member declarations. This will ensure that this requirement of the Act is met.

Once the Chief Electoral Officer has verified the party’s application (confirming that 250 electors are members of the party and that the party has met all the other requirements), and is satisfied that the party’s name and logo will not be confused with those of another registered or eligible party, he will inform the party leader that the party is eligible for registration.

The party can lose its eligibility for registration for any of several reasons:

the Chief Electoral Officer is not satisfied that the party has updated its application information when required

the party fails to endorse a confirmed candidate in at least one electoral district at a general election

the party does not have the minimum number of officers

the party does not have the minimum number of members who are electors

the party has not obtained signed consent to act from its officers, chief agent and auditor, on appointment
A party that loses its eligibility cannot be registered, but may reapply for registration.

An eligible party may withdraw its application at any time before registration by sending a request to withdraw to the Chief Electoral Officer. The request must be signed by the leader.

When does registration take effect?

After the Chief Electoral Officer has determined that a party is eligible for registration, the party is registered once it endorses a confirmed candidate in a general election or by-election. The Chief Electoral Officer will inform the party leader that the party has been registered as soon as practicable after the party has a confirmed candidate. If the party does not endorse a candidate in a general election, it will cease to be an eligible party when it is informed that it has not been registered.

If a party files an application less than 60 days before the writs for an election are issued, the party cannot be registered for that election. The party may become registered for the next general election or by-election if it endorses a confirmed candidate for that election.

For an overview of the requirements for maintaining registration, see the section “What are the obligations associated with registration?” below.

What are the benefits of registration?

Once a party is registered, it is entitled to the following benefits:

The party may issue official income tax receipts for monetary contributions, which may be used by the contributors to obtain a tax credit.

The short-form name or abbreviation of the party name appears on the ballot, underneath the name of the confirmed candidate endorsed by the party.

A candidate endorsed by a registered party may transfer his or her surplus funds to a registered electoral district association of the party or to the party, while all other candidates are required to remit any surplus funds to the Receiver General.

Following a general election, and after Elections Canada has received the party’s election expenses return and its auditor’s report, the party may qualify for a refund of 50 percent of its election expenses paid, provided it has received at least 2 percent of the valid votes cast nationally or at least 5 percent of the valid votes cast in the electoral districts in which it endorsed a candidate.

At a general election, each registered party is allocated a certain amount of prime broadcasting time, which it may purchase from broadcasters. This allocation is based on the party’s results in the previous general election. Registered and eligible parties are also entitled to an allocation of free broadcasting time, which is based on the allocation of paid time.

Registered parties or their candidates may provide the returning officer with the names of suitable persons to act as election officers (revising agents, deputy returning officers, poll clerks and registration officers) in electoral districts where the party had candidates who finished first or second in the previous election. The returning officer appoints these officials from the lists supplied by the parties or their candidates.

By October 15 of every year, the Chief Electoral Officer provides registered parties (on request) with the updated lists of electors for electoral districts where they ran confirmed candidates in the previous election.

The names of registered and eligible parties are protected. A new party cannot register a name or logo that might be confused with that of an already registered or eligible political party or of a deregistered party for a period of 30 days after its deregistration.

The party’s electoral district associations may be registered. Under certain conditions, this allows them to accept contributions and surpluses, provide goods and services, and transfer funds to other bodies within the party. With the registered party’s consent, registered electoral district associations may also issue tax receipts for monetary contributions.
These benefits cease to be available if the party is deregistered.

What are the obligations associated with registration?

Political parties must meet certain obligations to maintain their eligible or registered status.

Eligible parties must:

provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a report showing the names and addresses of agents appointed by the party within 30 days of being informed that they are eligible; the report must be certified by the leader or the chief agent

provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a written report setting out any change in the particulars of the party’s information in the Registry of Political Parties within 30 days of the change; the report must be certified by the party leader

no later than 10 days after the issue of the writs for a general election, file a written statement, signed by the party leader, confirming or updating the information in the Registry of Political Parties and, if the leader wishes, designating representatives to endorse candidates at an election

on or before June 30 of every year, provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a declaration by the party leader that having considered all of the factors relevant to determining the party’s purposes, one of the party’s fundamental purposes is to participate in public affairs by endorsing one or more of its members as candidates and supporting their election

on or before June 30 of every year, file an annual statement with the Chief Electoral Officer, signed by the party leader, confirming or amending the party’s information in the Registry of Political Parties

beginning in 2007 and every third year thereafter, provide the Chief Electoral Officer with the names and addresses of 250 electors and their declarations stating that they are members of the party
Registered parties must:

provide an audited statement of the party’s assets and liabilities, and a declaration concerning the statement, within six months of becoming registered

provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a written report of any change in the particulars of the party’s information in the Registry of Political Parties within 30 days of the change; the report must be certified by the party leader

no later than 10 days after the issue of the writs for a general election, file a written statement, signed by the party leader, confirming or updating the information in the Registry of Political Parties and, if the leader wishes, designating representatives to endorse candidates at an election

on or before June 30 of every year, file a statement with the Chief Electoral Officer, signed by the leader, confirming or amending the party’s information in the Registry of Political Parties

on or before June 30 of every year, provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a declaration by the party leader that having considered all of the factors relevant to determining the party’s purposes, one of the party’s fundamental purposes is to participate in public affairs by endorsing one or more of its members as candidates and supporting their election

beginning in 2007 and every third year thereafter, provide the Chief Electoral Officer with the names and addresses of 250 electors and their declarations stating that they are members of the party

provide an audited return on financial transactions within six months of the end of each fiscal period

provide an audited return on election expenses within six months of election day at a general election
Appointing registered agents

A registered or eligible party may appoint eligible persons or corporations as its registered agents, subject to any terms and conditions that the party specifies. The restrictions on eligibility for registered agents are the same as for a chief agent. Within 30 days after an appointment is made, the party must send a written report to Elections Canada, certified by the party leader or chief agent, that includes the registered agent’s name and address as well as any terms and conditions of the appointment. The party’s registered agents act for the party within the terms specified in their appointments. They assist and answer to the chief agent.

Changing the name of a registered party

If a registered party wants to change the full or short form of its name, its abbreviation or its logo, the party leader must apply to the Chief Electoral Officer, and attach a certified copy of the party’s resolution to make the change. (The resolution can be made by whomever and through whatever means the party’s constitution allows.) The leader’s certification of a copy of the resolution may be written on a separate sheet of paper (to which the copy of the resolution is attached) or directly on the copy of the resolution.

A party that is considering changing its name should first consult Elections Canada to obtain the full lists of eligible and registered political parties. This information is also available at www.elections.ca.

Any new name, short-form name, abbreviation or logo must not be deemed by the Chief Electoral Officer to be similar enough to cause confusion with that of another registered or eligible political party. To be accepted, a proposed change of name must not include the word “independent” or a word that so closely resembles “independent” that it would, in the Chief Electoral Officer’s opinion, likely be confused with it.

An approved name change takes effect on the date the application is received by the Chief Electoral Officer, except during an election period. In that case, the change takes effect on the day after election day.

Merging registered parties

Two or more registered parties may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer to merge their parties and become a single registered party.

On the merger of registered parties, any registered association of a merging party is deregistered and may transfer goods or funds to the merged party or to a registered association of the merged party in the six months immediately after the merger. The transfer is not a contribution for the purposes of the Act.

Voluntary deregistration

At any time other than during the election period of a general election, a registered political party may voluntarily apply to become deregistered. The application to deregister must be signed by the party leader and any two party officers who are listed in the Registry of Political Parties. The party’s registered associations will also be deregistered.

Involuntary deregistration

A party will be deregistered if it fails to endorse a confirmed candidate at a general election. If a registered party is deregistered, its registered associations are also deregistered.

The Chief Electoral Officer may also deregister a registered party if it fails to:

file statements confirming or amending the information in the Registry of Political Parties within 10 days of the writs being issued

report on or before June 30 each year, confirming or amending the party’s information in the Registry of Political Parties

report any changes to the information about the party in the Registry of Political Parties within 30 days of the change

file an audited statement of its assets and liabilities within six months of its registration

file the party’s audited financial transactions return for each fiscal period within six months of the end of the fiscal period

file the party’s audited general election expenses return within six months of election day

file a statement setting out the dates of a leadership contest, varying the dates or cancelling the contest, or

file a report on a nomination contest within 30 days of the selection date
If the Chief Electoral Officer finds that a party has omitted to provide the information noted above, he will notify the party in writing that it must provide him with the requested information within a specified deadline. If the party fails to rectify the omission before the deadline or does not convince the Chief Electoral Officer that the omission was not the result of any negligence or lack of good faith on its part, the Chief Electoral Officer may deregister the party.

If the Chief Electoral Officer proposes to deregister a registered party for failure to file the above information, he will notify the party and its registered associations. The notice will specify the effective date of the deregistration, which will be at least 15 days after the notice is sent.

The Chief Electoral Officer must deregister a registered party if that party:

fails to satisfy him that it has at least three officers in addition to the leader of the party, the chief agent and the auditor, or

fails to satisfy him that it has at least 250 members who are electors
The Chief Electoral Officer will give notice of the deregistration of a registered party to the party and to its chief agent, and of the resulting deregistration of its registered associations, to the associations and their financial agents. For 30 days after the deregistration of a party, the Chief Electoral Officer will retain the name, short-form name, abbreviation and logo of the deregistered party so that another political party cannot apply for registration under that name.

A deregistered party can reapply for registration at any time. If it applies for registration within the 30-day period, it may apply under the same name, short-form name, abbreviation and logo that it had at the time of its deregistration. Regardless of whether the party applies within the 30-day period, it is still responsible for filing the returns, reports and declarations of a deregistered party.

The Chief Electoral Officer will publish a notice of deregistration in the Canada Gazette and change the status of the party in the Registry of Political Parties from “registered” to “deregistered”. The deregistered party and its associations lose all the advantages of a registered party and registered associations on the day that they are deregistered.

Within six months of its deregistration, a deregistered party must provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a final financial transactions return for the portion of the party’s current fiscal period ending on the day of its deregistration, as well as any outstanding financial documents.

Judicial deregistration

The Commissioner of Canada Elections is the official responsible for ensuring that the Canada Elections Act is complied with and enforced. If the Commissioner has reasonable grounds to believe that a registered party does not have as one of its fundamental purposes participating in public affairs by endorsing one or more of its members as candidates and supporting their election, he or she must notify the party in writing, requiring it to show that one of its fundamental purposes is participation in public affairs, as set out in the Act.

If the party fails to satisfy the Commissioner within a reasonable period of time, the Commissioner may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an order directing the Chief Electoral Officer to deregister the party, and for an order to liquidate the assets of the party and the assets of each of the party’s registered associations. Before making an order, the court must be satisfied that the party does not have participation in public affairs (as set out in the Act) as one of its fundamental purposes. In making this determination, the court must consider all relevant factors.

While an application by the Commissioner for judicial deregistration is pending, the authority of a registered party to issue tax receipts is suspended.

Judicial deregistration may also take place if a registered party, or its chief agent, registered agent or one of its officers, has been convicted of a specified offence under the Act. In addition to any other punishment, the court may order the party to be deregistered and its assets liquidated, including the assets of its registered associations.

Official Registered Political Parties currently in Canada as at 016/01/2014:

Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration

Updated on December 18, 2013

NOTE TO THE READER

The information maintained in the Registry of Political
Parties is updated on receipt of a written report,
signed by the leader of the party.

Registered Political Parties
Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada
Bloc Québécois
Canadian Action Party
Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Communist Party of Canada
Conservative Party of Canada
Green Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada
Libertarian Party of Canada
Marijuana Party
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
New Democratic Party
Online Party of Canada
Pirate Party of Canada
Progressive Canadian Party
Rhinoceros Party
United Party of Canada
Western Block Party

Deregistered Political Parties

First Peoples National Party of Canada (voluntary deregistration, section 388)
Natural Law Party of Canada (voluntary deregistration, section 388)
Newfoundland and Labrador First Party (involuntary deregistration, sections 385.1, 389)
People’s Political Power Party of Canada (involuntary deregistration, section 385)
Work Less Party (voluntary deregistration, section 388)

Political Parties That Lost Their Eligibility to Become Registered

National Alternative Party of Canada (section 369(2))
The Ontario Party of Canada (section 369(2))
Absolutely Absurd Party (section 367, withdrawal of application)

Registered Political Parties

Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada

Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Animal Alliance/Environment Voters

Party Leader:
Ms. Liz White

National Headquarters:
101–221 Broadview Avenue
Toronto ON M4M 2G3
Tel.: 416-462-9541
Fax: 416-462-9647
Web site: www.environmentvoters.org

Eligible: 2005-08-02

Registered: 2005-12-10

Chief Agent:
Mr. Stephen D. Best
170 King Street
Guelph ON N1E 4R1
Tel.: 416-476-6731
Fax: 1-866-262-8520

Auditor:
Mr. Krishan Suntharalingam, CA
885 Progress Avenue
Suite UPH-9
Toronto ON M1H 3G3
Tel.: 416-285-9090
Fax: 416-285-1312

Bloc Québécois

Bloc Québécois logo
Short-form Name:
Bloc Québécois

Party Leader:
Mr. Daniel Paillé

National Headquarters:
3750 Crémazie Boulevard East, Suite 502
Montréal QC H2A 1B6
Tel.: 514-526-3000
Fax: 514-526-2868
Web site: www.blocquebecois.org

Eligible: 1991-07-08

Registered: 1993-09-11

Chief Agent:
Mr. Claude St-Hilaire
3750 Crémazie Boulevard East, Suite 502
Montréal QC H2A 1B6
Tel.: 514-526-3000
Fax: 514-526-2868

Auditor:
Richter
Mr. Michel Reinhardt, CPA, CA
1981 McGill College, 11th floor
Montréal QC H3A 0G6
Tel.: 514-908-3948
Fax: 514-934-3408

Canadian Action Party

Canadian Action Party logo
Short-form Name:
CAP

Party Leader:
Mr.Jason Chase

National Headquarters:
333 Sockeye Creek Street
Terrace BC V8G 0G5
Tel.: 250-638-0011
Web site: www.canadianactionparty.ca

Eligible: 1997-03-17

Registered: 1997-05-13

Chief Agent:
Mrs. Sally Jane Patterson-Braun
PO Box 571
21 Atik Street
Moose Factory ON P0L 1W0
Tel.: 705-288-1866
Fax: 705-658-2407

Auditor:
Gary Rozon CMA Inc.
156 Redpath Drive
Ottawa ON K2G 6K5
Tel.: 613-866-2299
Fax: 613-823-3095

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Christian Heritage Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Christian Heritage Party

Party Leader:
Mr. James (Jim) Hnatiuk

National Headquarters:
PO Box 4958
Station E
Ottawa ON K1S 5J1
Tel.: 819-281-6686
1-888-868-3247
Fax: 819-281-7174
Web site: www.chp.ca

Eligible: 2001-11-08

Registered: 2004-05-28

Chief Agent:
Mr. Ronald Owen Benell
201-910 Saskatchewan Avenue East
Portage La Prairie MB R1N 0K2
Tel.: 204-857-6766
Auditor:
Mr. Henry Salomons, CA
4506 Ontario Street
Unit 1
Beamsville ON L0R 1B5
Tel.: 905-563-7045
Fax: 905-563-3134

Communist Party of Canada

Communist Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Communist

Party Leader:
Mr. Miguel Figueroa

National Headquarters:
290A Danforth Avenue
Toronto ON M4K 1N6
Tel.: 416-469-2446
Web site: www.communist-party.ca

Eligible: 1997-10-17

Registered: 2000-11-08

Chief Agent:
Mr. Dan Goldstick
290A Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4K 1N6
Tel.: 416-469-2446

Auditor:
Mr. Krishan Suntharalingam, CA
885 Progress Avenue, Suite UPH-9
Toronto ON M1H 3G3
Tel.: 416-285-9090
Fax: 416-285-1312

Conservative Party of Canada

Conservative Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Conservative

Party Leader:
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

National Headquarters:
c/o Mr. Dan Hilton
Executive Director
Suite 1204, 130 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5G4
Tel: 613-755-2000
1-866-808-8407
Fax: 613-755-2001
Web site: www.conservative.ca

Eligible: 2003-12-07

Registered: 2003-12-07

Chief Agent:
Conservative Fund Canada
c/o Mr. Irving R. Gerstein, C.M., O.Ont., Chair
Suite 1204, 130 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5G4
Tel: 613-755-2000
Fax: 613-755-2001

Auditor:
Deloitte & Touche LLP
c/o Mr. Michael S. Runia, CA, CPA
800–100 Queen Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5T8
Tel.: 613-751-6693
Fax: 613-563-3461

Green Party of Canada

Green Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Green Party

Party Leader:
Ms. Elizabeth May

National Headquarters:
c/o Ms. Emily McMillan, PhD, Executive Director
85 Albert Street, Suite 1507
Ottawa ON K1P 6A4
Tel.: 613-562-4916
1-866-868-3447
Fax: 613-482-4632
Web site: www.greenparty.ca

Eligible: 1983-08-08

Registered: 1984-08-08

Chief Agent:
Green Party of Canada Fund
Mr. Henry Dera, President
8-155 Woodbine Avenue
Toronto ON M4L 3P1
Tel.: 647-261-5851
Auditor:
Colby McGeachy Prof.
Corp./Porter Hétu Int.
c/o N. Dawn McGeachy-Colby, FCGA, LPA
PO Box 970
14 Mill Street
Almonte ON K0A 1A0
Tel.: 613-256-6415
Fax: 613-256-7569

Liberal Party of Canada

Liberal Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Liberal

Party Leader:
Mr. Justin Trudeau

National Headquarters:
c/o Mr. Jeremy Broadhurst, National Director
81 Metcalfe Street, Suite 600
Ottawa ON K1P 6M8
Tel.: 613-237-0740
Fax: 613-235-7208
Web site: www.liberal.ca

Eligible: 1972-04-04

Registered: 1972-04-04

Chief Agent:
The Federal Liberal Agency of Canada
c/o Mr. Patrick A. Ryan, Chair
81 Metcalfe Street, Suite 600
Ottawa ON K1P 6M8
Tel.: 613-237-0740
Fax: 613-235-7208

Auditor:
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, CA
99 Bank Street
Suite 800
Ottawa ON K1P 1E4
Tel.: 613-237-3702
Fax: 613-237-3963

Libertarian Party of Canada

Libertarian Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Libertarian

Party Leader:
Ms. Katrina Chowne

National Headquarters:
372 Rideau Street, Suite 205
Ottawa ON K1N 1G7
Tel.: 613-288-9089
Web site: www.libertarian.ca

Eligible: 2004-05-13

Registered: 2004-06-02

Chief Agent:
Mr. Paul Geddes
703-1180 Falcon Drive
Coquitlam BC V3E 2K7
Tel.: 604-944-2845
Auditor:
Cahill Professional Accountants
Mr. Jordan Cahill, CA
145 17th Street West, Suite 320
North Vancouver BC V7M 3G4
Tel.: 778-340-0800
Fax: 778-340-0811

Marijuana Party

Marijuana Party logo
Short-form Name:
Radical Marijuana

Party Leader:
M. Blair T. Longley

National Headquarters:
5535 Bourbonnière Avenue
Montréal, QC H1X 2N3
Tel.: 514-507-5188
Web site: www.marijuanaparty.ca

Eligible: 2000-09-19

Registered: 2000-11-06

Chief Agent:
Mr. Jack William Peach
18 – 4231 Oleander Drive
RR 1
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V1
Tel.: 250-495-3576
Auditor:
Mr. Gary A. Rozon, CMA
156 Redpath Drive
Ottawa ON K2G 6K5
Tel.: 613-866-2299
Fax: 613-823-3095

Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada logo
Short-form Name:
Marxist-Leninist

Party Leader:
Ms. Anna Di Carlo

National Headquarters:
1867 Amherst Street
Montréal QC H2L 3L7
Tel./Fax: 514-522-1373
Web site: http://www.mlpc.ca

Eligible: 1990-01-22

Registered: 1993-09-28

Chief Agent:
Ms. Hélène Héroux
1867 Amherst Street
Montréal QC H2L 3L7
Tel./Fax: 514-522-1373
Auditor:
Mr. Sylvain Lavoie, CA
7881 Décarie Boulevard, Suite 405
Montréal QC H4P 2H2
Tel.: 514-735-7881

New Democratic Party

New Democratic Party logo
Short-form Name:
NDP-New Democratic Party

Party Leader:
The Hon. Thomas Mulcair

National Headquarters:
c/o Mr. Nathan Rotman, National Director
300–279 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 5J9
Tel.: 613-236-3613
1-866-525-2555
Fax: 613-230-9950
Web site: www.ndp.ca

Eligible: 1971-06-07

Registered: 1971-06-07

Chief Agent:
New Democrats of Canada Association
c/o Mr. Nathan Rotman, National Director
300–279 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 5J9
Tel.: 613-236-3613
Fax: 613-230-9950

Auditor:
Mr. R. William Lyon, CA
10295 Shaw Road
Mountain ON K0E 1S0
Tel.: 613-989-5534
Fax: 613-989-5526

Online Party of Canada

Logo – Online Party of Canada
Short-form Name:
Online Party

Party Leader:
Mr. Michael Nicula

National Headquarters:
411-637 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Toronto ON M5V 3J6
Tel.: 416-567-6913
Web site: www.onlineparty.ca

Eligible: 2012-07-16

Registered: 2012-11-05

Chief Agent:
Mrs. Nicoleta Dronca
8 Highwood Avenue
Scarborough ON M1R 2E4
Tel.: 416-450-0667
Auditor:
Mr. Neil Sharma, CMA
64 Hinsley Crescent
Ajax ON L1T 0B6
Tel.: 416-316-7130

Pirate Party of Canada

Logo – Pirate Party of Canada
Short-form Name:
Pirate Party

Party Leader:
Mr. James Wilson

National Headquarters:
3-212 Henderson Highway, Suite 155
Winnipeg MB R2L 1L8
Web site: www.pirateparty.ca

Eligible: 2010-04-12

Registered: 2010-11-06

Chief Agent:
The Pirate Party of Canada Fund
Mr. Roderick Lim
3-212 Henderson Highway, Suite 155
Winnipeg MB R2L 1L8
Tel.: 778-800-2744

Auditor:
Gilbert Bastings, B.A.A., C.A. Inc.
c/o Mr. Gilbert Bastings, CA
4899 – 5th Avenue
Montréal QC H1Y 2S1
Tel.: 514-597-1679
Fax: 514-597-1586

Progressive Canadian Party

Progressive Canadian Party logo
Short-form Name:
PC Party

Party Leader:
The Hon. Sinclair M. Stevens

National Headquarters:
Suite 200, 730 Davis Drive
Newmarket ON L3Y 2R4
Tel.: 905-853-8949
Fax: 905-853-7214
Web site: www.pcparty.org

Eligible: 2004-03-26

Registered: 2004-05-29

Chief Agent:
Macdonald-Cartier PC Fund
c/o The Hon. Sinclair M. Stevens, Chairman
Suite 200, 730 Davis Drive
Newmarket ON L3Y 2R4
Tel.: 905-853-8949
Fax: 905-853-7214
Auditor:
Chim & Seto, LLP, CA
c/o Mr. Ben Seto, FCA
902–3100 Steeles Avenue East
Markham ON L3R 8T3
Tel.: 905-513-7773
Fax: 905-513-7775
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Rhinoceros Party

Logo – neorhino.ca
Short-form Name:
Rhinoceros

Party Leader:
Mr. François Yo Gourd

National Headquarters:
4540, de l’Hôtel-de-Ville Avenue
Montréal QC H2T 2B1
Tel.: 514-903-9450
Web site: www.neorhino.ca

Eligible: 2007-08-16

Registered: 2007-08-23

Chief Agent:
Mr. Serge Grenier
4540 de l’Hôtel-de-Ville Avenue
Montréal QC H2T 2B1
Tel.: 514-903-9450
Auditor:
Mr. Gilbert Bastings, CA
4899, 5th Avenue
Montréal QC H1Y 2S1
Tel.: 514-597-1679
Fax: 514-597-1586

United Party of Canada

Logo – United Party of Canada
Short-form Name:
United Party

Party Leader:
Mr. Robert (Bob) Kesic

National Headquarters:
119 Oakcrest Drive
Keswick ON L4P 3J2
Tel.: 905-476-0000
Web site: www.unitedpartyofcanada.com

Eligible: 2010-06-17

Registered: 2010-11-08

Chief Agent:
Mr. Paul Pisani
32 Algonquin Forest Drive
East Gwillimbury ON L9N 0C6
Tel.: 905-478-1599
Auditor:
Mrs. Mary Elaine Lisotti, CGA
2220 Line 11
Bradford ON L3Z 2A5
Tel./Fax: 905-775-7775

Western Block Party

Western Block Party logo
Short-form Name:
WBP

Party Leader:
Mr. Paul St. Laurent

National Headquarters:
PO Box 24052
4420 West Saanich Road
Victoria BC V8Z 7E7
Tel.: 250-479-6270
Fax: 250-479-3294
Web site: www.westernblockparty.com

Eligible: 2005-06-24

Registered: 2005-12-29

Chief Agent:
Ms. Keltie Zubko
PO Box 24052
4420 West Saanich Road
Victoria BC V8Z 7E7
Tel.: 250-479-6270
Fax: 250-479-3294

Auditor:
Burns & Bell CGAs
c/o Mrs. Jane Burns, CGA
100–3930 Shelbourne Street
Victoria BC V8P 5P6
Tel.: 250-477-4431
Fax: 250-477-4405

Source: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=par&document=index&lang=e

Registered Political Party Definition:

http://scc-csc.lexum.com/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/2069/index.do

Registered Political Parties in British Columbia, Canada:

Registered-Political-Parties-Information

Source: http://www.elections.bc.ca/docs/fin/Registered-Political-Parties-Information.pdf

Beware of fraudulent business’ and people who make false claims about being a registered political party in your province and or Canada on any social media or web site.

Example fraudulent claim of registered political party in Canada:

“Mission: We are an not for profit registered political organization in Canada.”

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To avoid scams, always make sure to do your homework to see if the company or political party is in fact what they claim. Education is key to protecting yourself. If you are aware of any person or business making false claims of being a registered political party in Canada, please contact Elections Canada at the link shown on this page.

Source: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=pol/bck&document=index&lang=e

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