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Sentence in R. v. Sona

Ottawa – November 19, 2014 – Michael Sona was sentenced today in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Guelph, Ontario to 9 months in prison plus 12 months of probation, for committing an offence under the Canada Elections Act.

Mr. Sona was charged on April 2, 2013, with wilfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent an elector, in Guelph, from voting in the 2011 federal general election, contrary to section 281(g) of the Canada Elections Act. This resulted in Mr. Sona committing an offence contrary to section 491(3)(d) of the Canada Elections Act.

He was found guilty on August 14, 2014.

Both parties have 30 days to decide whether they will seek to appeal this sentence. For the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the decision to appeal is guided by the policies outlined in the PPSC Deskbook, a publicly available document.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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Del Mastro and McCarthy Found Guilty of Elections Offences

Ottawa – October 31, 2014 – Today, in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dean Del Mastro and Richard McCarthy were found guilty of offences under the Canada Elections Act. The offences relate to the 2008 federal general election, in the electoral district of Peterborough.

Mr. Del Mastro was found guilty of personally paying an election expense, and thereby wilfully exceeding his contribution limit, contrary to sections 405(1), 497(3)(f.13) and 500(5).

Mr. Del Mastro and Mr. McCarthy were found guilty of:

  • wilfully incurring election expenses in excess of the campaign expense limit, contrary to sections 443(1), 497(3)(p) and 500(5);
  • providing an electoral campaign return containing a false or misleading material statement in omitting to report a campaign contribution and election expense, contrary to sections 463(1)(a), 497(3)(v) and 500(5); and
  • providing a campaign return that did not substantially set out the required information by omitting to report a campaign contribution and election expense, contrary to sections 463(1)(b), (497)(3)(v) and 500(5). This count was stayed, at the Crown’s request, following the finding of guilt.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of $2,000, one year in prison, or both. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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Commissioner of Canada Elections

Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook

Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook

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Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2013-2014

Public Prosecution Service of Canada Annual Report 2013-2014

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