The PLQ will indeed have a candidate in Matane-Matapédia, rules the court | Elections Quebec 2022

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The QLP will indeed have a candidate in Matane-Matapédia, decides the court | Élections Quebec 2022

The Returning Officer refused Harley Loumsbury's candidacy on the grounds of non-compliance with two formalities.

Harley Lounsbury may be the candidate of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) in Matane-Matapédia, decided the Superior Court of Quebec on Wednesday. The returning officer for the constituency had refused his candidacy for reasons of non-compliance with two formalities.

At the origin of this case: one of Mr. Lounsbury, responsible for collecting signatures from citizens to support his candidacy, had forgotten to put his initials below his affidavit.

The Superior Court of Quebec deemed this reason to be unreasonable, in particular because, even if the manner of acting of the plaintiff's mandataries is not perfectly consistent with the form prepared by the Chief Electoral Officer, the court considers that the essential information required by law is there, can we read in the decision.

Among this essential information, the Court recalls that the agents identified themselves, they were duly sworn in and they declared the number of people, electors of the constituency, who, in their presence, signed the declaration of candidacy.

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“The court is of the opinion that the Returning Officer's decision to reject the plaintiff's candidacy on the grounds that his three agents had failed to signing the declaration of candidacy is unreasonable. »

— Excerpt from the decision rendered by the Superior Court

The legal obligations applicable to the signing of the declaration of candidacy by the agents have been respected, it adds.

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M. Lounsbury and his party went to the Superior Court on Tuesday because the Elections Act does not provide a mechanism for reviewing or appealing the decision of a returning officer.

Judge Clément Samson had promised a decision before Thursday evening, since advance voting is due to start on Friday. Had it decided otherwise, the QLP would have had an incomplete team for the first time in 155 years of history.

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