2018 Compliance Audit Committee
The Town of Whitby, through a joint initiative with the City of Oshawa, City of Pickering, Regional Municipality of Durham, and the Durham District School Board, recruited a roster of individuals, eligible to serve as Members of the 2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee, for a term commencing December 1, 2018 through November 14, 2022:
- Aileen Ashman
- Richard Austin
- David Boghosian
- Paul Jones
- Ron Kanter
- Gurlal Kler
- Peter Robinson
- Chris Rous
- Gary Valcour
- David Michael Wade
- Joseph Wyger
What is a Compliance Audit Committee?
The role of a Compliance Audit Committee (CAC) is to review and consider compliance audit applications received by an elector who believes that a candidate or registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act (MEA) relating to election campaign finances.
The CAC is also responsible for reviewing reports submitted by the Town Clerk with respect to any contributor who appears to have contravened any of the contribution limits to a candidates’ election campaign or to a registered third party.
The powers and functions of the Compliance Audit Committee are in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act and are in place to ensure that the provisions pertaining to campaign finances have not been contravened and to follow the necessary steps to ensure compliance.
The Committee shall have the authority to:
- grant or reject a compliance audit application;
- appoint an auditor to conduct the audit where the application is granted;
- consider the auditor’s or Clerk’s report within 30 days of receiving it; and,
- decide whether to commence legal proceedings against the candidate, a contributor or registered third party for any apparent contravention.
How do I file an application for a Compliance Audit?
An elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or a registered third party has contravened a provision of the MEA relating to election campaign finances, may apply for a compliance audit.
An application for a compliance audit must be submitted in writing to the clerk of the municipality or secretary of the local board for which the candidate was nominated for office or to the clerk of the municipality in which the registered third party was registered. An application made to the Town Clerk of the Town of Whitby must be on the prescribed application form and shall outline the reasons why the elector believes there has been a contravention.
The application must be made within ninety (90) days after the latest of the following:
- The filing date under section 88.30 of the MEA (March 29, 2019);
- The date the candidate or registered third party filed a financial statement, if the statement was filed within 30 days after the applicable filing date (up to April 29, 2019) under section 88.30 of the MEA;
- The candidate’s or registered third party’s supplementary filing date (September 27, 2019), if any, under section 88.30 of the MEA;
- The date on which the candidate’s extension, if any, under section 88.23(6) of the MEA expires; or,
- The date on which the registered third party’s extension, if any, under section 88.27(3) of the MEA expires.