Richmond County officials admit they breached the Elections Act

Posted at 1:00 pm on January 27, 2017 | Filed Under: News

Elections Nova Scotia says eight officials with the Richmond County Municipality have acknowledged they breached the Elections Act by being reimbursed for attending a Liberal Party event.  The political fund-raiser took place in May, 2014 featured Premier Stephen McNeil.  The amount reimbursed totalled 300 dollars.   All officials who were reimbursed have since returned the money claimed back to the municipality
The eight have entered into compliance agreements to follow the act in future.  They include then CAO Warren Olsen, former Warden Steve Sampson, as well former councillors Malcolm Beaton, Rod Samson, Shirley McNamara and Steve McNeil; and current councillors Alvin Martell and Brian Marchand. Former councillor Gail Johnston has not signed an agreement yet. Two others were cleared of any wrongdoing,  former councillor Victor David and current councillor Gilbert Boucher.   Neither David or Boucher sought reimbursement from the municipality.
The Chief Electoral Officer in his report, believes the councillors were unaware that being reimbursed for their ticket to the political fundraising event would be a breach of the Elections Act.