Is Andrew Telegdi violating the Elections Act?

Take a look at the website of Liberal candidate Andrew Telegdi as it appeared last night:

So, what’s the matter with Telegdi’s website?

Aaron Wudrick, the campaign manager of Telegdi’s Conservative opponent (and Blogging Tory) forwarded an email that he sent to the commissioner.

What are sections 320 and 321 of the Canada Elections Act?

320. A candidate or registered party, or a person acting on their behalf, who causes election advertising to be conducted shall mention in or on the message that its transmission was authorized by the official agent of the candidate or by the registered agent of the party, as the case may be.

321. (1) No person shall knowingly conduct election advertising or cause it to be conducted using a means of transmission of the Government of Canada.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a person includes a group within the meaning of Part 17.

As for s.320, Wudrick is referring to the absence of “Paid for by the official agent for Andrew Telegdi”. Now, this may be the case because Telegdi appears to be using his MP website for the purposes of “re-elect[ing] Andrew Telegdi”. According to Wudrick, we are led to infer that this is his MP site because of the links to constituency office information and constituent services. If this is so, his website is paid for the people of Canada and not by his campaign and that’s where he runs into trouble with the next section of the act. Section 321 states that MP websites cannot be used for election advertising.

As of this afternoon, Telegdi’s site now features “Paid for by the official agent for Andrew Telegdi” but the site still contains constituency service information is a conflict with someone that is now simply a candidate and not an MP according to Wudrick.

UPDATE: Some eagle-eyed viewers have pointed out that Pierre Poilievre’s election site contains constituency service information. I’m not convinced that the display of such information is against the Act, though to have an election site that advertises constituency information and the candidate without it being labelled as paid for by the official agent of a campaign is certainly problematic for a campaign. I called Poilievre and he confirmed that his site is in accordance with the Act as it is in compliance with s.320. Indeed, from what I understand, he could advertise Telegdi’s constituency services if he wanted.

Comments

comments

  • Kevin Marchment

    The sooner K-W can get rid of Telegdi the better.

  • http://ragingranter.blogspot.com Raging Ranter

    That's a bit of a yawner. Is it really a good thing that campaign managers of Tory candidates are wasting time looking for miniscule violations like that? The resulting earned media will be zero. Public interest even less. I think it makes us look petty.

    Authorized by the official agent of the Raging Ranter.

  • http://streetadvisorconsulting.blogspot.com markalanwhittle

    Boy, oh boy did that web site get changed in a hurry. And there's more Liberal trolls cruising about than you can shake a stick at.
    No wonder Dion is so desperate losing by double digits and going nowhere fast. Soon it will be all over but the crying.

  • FedUp

    Raging Ranter writes:
    That's a bit of a yawner. Is it really a good thing that campaign managers of Tory candidates are wasting time looking for miniscule violations like that? The resulting earned media will be zero. Public interest even less. I think it makes us look petty.

    Authorized by the official agent of the Raging Ranter.

    ************
    That's a bit of a yawner. Is it really a good thing that campaign managers of “Liberal” candidates are wasting time looking for miniscule violations like that? The resulting earned media will be zero. Public interest even less. I think it makes us look petty.

    Yup that's what the polls indicate…gaffes galore by ALL parties yet the CPC remain perched high above all other parties in the polls since the beginning of this election. The only reason why “resulting earned media will be” substantial for the CPC gaffes is beause of that WHORE known as the MSM. Equal gaffes all around yet only the CPC's gets full all out play for days on end.

    This election will not be decided by gaffes.

  • http://ragingranter.blogspot.com Raging Ranter

    Fed Up, I realize that. Perhaps I should have been more clear. I don't think it's a bad thing to look for these small offences and keep them handy. Because we know damn well the Liberals will be doing the same. But we should just save them on file for when the Liberals decide to use them against us, and their whores (as you so aptly described them) decide to give them airtime. They are ammunition that can be used to make the Liberals look stupid, if we let them make the first move. Let them complain about some silly, trifling “violation”, then hit them with ten samples of their own.

    That's what we did so well in the last election. Every time the Liberals would issue a “press release” of controversial comments made by some Alliance MP five years previous, the Tory war room would respond immediately and hit the news outlets with a list….. often pages long, of examples of similar Liberal comments. (Remember Telegdi's use of the 'n-word' in a student newspaper in the 1970s – that's a perfect example of how we hit back, quick and hard.) It left the Liberal-friendly media with two options; either report both sides, or just shelve the whole idea of reporting five-year-old comments as news. We made both the Liberals AND the media look stupid at times.

    I remember watching visibly disappointed news-readers half-heartedly reading off the latest Liberal talking points, then stating, “The Tories responded by releasing 23 examples quoting Liberal MPs……” Some of the news readers on CTV and CBC literally could not hide their dismay at having to gloss over what could have been another Conservatives are Bigots and Here's the Proof story. By the end of the 2006 election, the media had literally stopped reporting on such inanities.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

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  • MississaugaPeter

    Wow, call the RCMP.

    Lock them up with the other 14 year-old delinquent boys. And throw away the key.

    Didn't Harper call the election because the Conservatives were being investigated for the “In and Out” election funding scandal?

  • john

    this is lame, lame, lame stuff, and yet you defend the in an out scheme as legal…

  • Patsplace

    Now, now…be kind to the poor folks that have that delicate mental condition that causes them to think that what SHOULD BE…is reality. They live a very uncomfortable life and especially now that Conservatism is on the rise, where WHAT IS….is reality.

    Don't be angry with them, they're sick folks.

  • Liz J

    Oh yeah, let's do as the apologists posting here say, it's really petty stuff. We should let them get away with these petty little things they would NEVER hesitate to call us on. This is the caliber of stuff the desperate Liberals are out trolling for 24/7 to feed to their whores in the media. Maybe we really should give the poor things a break. Yeah. right!

  • Kevin Marchment

    The sooner K-W can get rid of Telegdi the better.

  • http://ragingranter.blogspot.com Raging Ranter

    That's a bit of a yawner. Is it really a good thing that campaign managers of Tory candidates are wasting time looking for miniscule violations like that? The resulting earned media will be zero. Public interest even less. I think it makes us look petty.

    Authorized by the official agent of the Raging Ranter.

  • http://www.wernerpatels.com Werner Patels

    Ranter,

    It's like the broken-window theory. You cannot let the Liberals get away with minor offences, because they will — as they have ALWAYS in the past — graduate to much bigger offences.

  • http://streetadvisorconsulting.blogspot.com markalanwhittle

    Boy, oh boy did that web site get changed in a hurry. And there's more Liberal trolls cruising about than you can shake a stick at.
    No wonder Dion is so desperate losing by double digits and going nowhere fast. Soon it will be all over but the crying.

  • FedUp

    Raging Ranter writes:
    That's a bit of a yawner. Is it really a good thing that campaign managers of Tory candidates are wasting time looking for miniscule violations like that? The resulting earned media will be zero. Public interest even less. I think it makes us look petty.

    Authorized by the official agent of the Raging Ranter.

    ************
    That's a bit of a yawner. Is it really a good thing that campaign managers of “Liberal” candidates are wasting time looking for miniscule violations like that? The resulting earned media will be zero. Public interest even less. I think it makes us look petty.

    Yup that's what the polls indicate…gaffes galore by ALL parties yet the CPC remain perched high above all other parties in the polls since the beginning of this election. The only reason why “resulting earned media will be” substantial for the CPC gaffes is beause of that WHORE known as the MSM. Equal gaffes all around yet only the CPC's gets full all out play for days on end.

    This election will not be decided by gaffes.

  • http://ragingranter.blogspot.com Raging Ranter

    Fed Up, I realize that. Perhaps I should have been more clear. I don't think it's a bad thing to look for these small offences and keep them handy. Because we know damn well the Liberals will be doing the same. But we should just save them on file for when the Liberals decide to use them against us, and their whores (as you so aptly described them) decide to give them airtime. They are ammunition that can be used to make the Liberals look stupid, if we let them make the first move. Let them complain about some silly, trifling “violation”, then hit them with ten samples of their own.

    That's what we did so well in the last election. Every time the Liberals would issue a “press release” of controversial comments made by some Alliance MP five years previous, the Tory war room would respond immediately and hit the news outlets with a list….. often pages long, of examples of similar Liberal comments. (Remember Telegdi's use of the 'n-word' in a student newspaper in the 1970s – that's a perfect example of how we hit back, quick and hard.) It left the Liberal-friendly media with two options; either report both sides, or just shelve the whole idea of reporting five-year-old comments as news. We made both the Liberals AND the media look stupid at times.

    I remember watching visibly disappointed news-readers half-heartedly reading off the latest Liberal talking points, then stating, “The Tories responded by releasing 23 examples quoting Liberal MPs……” Some of the news readers on CTV and CBC literally could not hide their dismay at having to gloss over what could have been another Conservatives are Bigots and Here's the Proof story. By the end of the 2006 election, the media had literally stopped reporting on such inanities.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

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  • MississaugaPeter

    Wow, call the RCMP.

    Lock them up with the other 14 year-old delinquent boys. And throw away the key.

    Didn't Harper call the election because the Conservatives were being investigated for the “In and Out” election funding scandal?

  • john

    this is lame, lame, lame stuff, and yet you defend the in an out scheme as legal…

  • Kevin Marchment

    I'm sure that part of this is personal for Aaron. He has managed campaigns before against Telegdi. Telegdi should have had his lunch fed to him when Steve Strauss ran for the Conservatives in 2004.

  • Patsplace

    Now, now…be kind to the poor folks that have that delicate mental condition that causes them to think that what SHOULD BE…is reality. They live a very uncomfortable life and especially now that Conservatism is on the rise, where WHAT IS….is reality.

    Don't be angry with them, they're sick folks.

  • Liz J

    Oh yeah, let's do as the apologists posting here say, it's really petty stuff. We should let them get away with these petty little things they would NEVER hesitate to call us on. This is the caliber of stuff the desperate Liberals are out trolling for 24/7 to feed to their whores in the media. Maybe we really should give the poor things a break. Yeah. right!

  • kalford

    Hi Stephen,

    I would suggest not posting my comment up until you get a chance to look into it:

    On the same sort of lines of thought as your blog posting:

    Something I have noticed is that Garth Turner has a link on his website that leads to another website of his (greaterfool.ca) that plugs his latest book as well promoting his speaking engagements (which I presume he doesn’t do for free and thus would have a fee attached).

    This has me wondering. . . . Isn’t there something on the “books” that prohibits MP’s and candidates from using taxpayer funded sites and/or “election campaign” sites from promoting their own private self-interests?

    He also has blogged some politically themed posts on his “greaterfools” site that are election related. . . .which technically means he is using that other site as part of the his election campaign. . . . even though that site is not authorized by his “official agent”.

    Another interesting question that might need to be answered would be who is paying for Garth’s little collection of websites? are taxpayers paying via MP expensing? is his campaign paying for them? does he expense them to his private business(es)? Does he expense them several times over? or is he in fact clearly breaking out those costs to the appropriate places as I think should be required.

    Might be some interesting findings. :-)

    Cheers,

    Kalford.