Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal fines $ 500 for taking Tory election pamphlet from front door | The Canadian News

MP George Chahal paid a $ 500 fine after taking a pamphlet from an opponent from a front door during last year’s election and replacing it with his own.

The Liberal MP for Calgary Skyview was caught on a doorbell camera while removing the Conservative leaflet while going from door to door as a candidate.

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The MP apologized for his mistake in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, saying he had paid an administrative fine of $ 500 levied by the election watchdog.

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The Electoral Commissioner is investigating the incident after the footage of the MP came to light and said in a statement on Tuesday that a financial fine had been imposed.

“The (fine) was in the amount of $ 500 and is intended to address violations related to the prevention or obstruction of the transmission of election advertisements,” a spokesman said.

The Canada Elections Act prohibits people from preventing election advertisements from being communicated to the public. The Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that the law is complied with.

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On Twitter, Chahal said he accepted the fine and had already paid.

“I want to apologize again and admit my mistake,” Chahal said.

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The Electoral Commissioner’s office said he had issued the fine to Chahal, and not Elections Canada, the body that ran the election, as stated in his tweet.

As one of only two liberals elected in Alberta, Chahal was considered a possible cabinet contender. However, he was transferred in favor of Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault, who was appointed as the Secretary of Tourism and Co-Secretary of Finance.

Chahal revealed over the weekend that vaccine protesters had gathered outside his home in Calgary while waving placards while celebrating his wife’s birthday. The MP wrote on Twitter that the protesters were trying to “intimidate” him and his family.

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