Posts Tagged ‘Campaign finances’

Justice Quinn upholds costs protection for public interest litigants in municipal campaign financing case

January 23rd, 2014 by Laura Bowman

In Lancaster v. Compliance Audit Committee et al., 2013 ONSC 7631 (CanLII) Justice Quinn discussed in detail the principles that should apply to an award of costs against a public interest litigant.  In that case an appeal was brought regarding an audit committee decision not to investigate a campaign finance issue under the Municipal Elections Act.

The elector, Lancaster, made an audit complaint relating to the campaign finances of various individuals and when the audit committee under the Act ended the audit proceedings, appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice under s.81(6) of the Municipal Elections Act.  The Ontario Court of Justice dismissed the appeal.  The elector then appealed to the Superior Court of Justice, who dismissed the appeal again.

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Let the Municipal Elections Act Games Begin

November 2nd, 2010 by Iler Campbell LLP

With the recent municipal elections concluded, we can expect a number of applications under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) to investigate alleged election campaign finance irregularities.  The Good Government Act, 2009 introduced amendments to the MEA, most of which became effective on January 1, 2010, to address some of the election campaign finance issues that have arisen during and in the aftermath of the 2003 and 2006 municipal elections.

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