Elections Canada to monitor provincial involvement in federal campaign - 2019-06-13
TORONTO—While provinces are allowed to intervene in federal campaigns, Elections Canada says it will monitor provincial involvement this year amid heightened public awareness and concerns about maintaining an even playing field.
In an exclusive interview with iPolitics, Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault said he will "actively" look at how provincial governments intervene in the federal election. But, he cautioned, it's too soon to say what, if any, recommendations he will make and warned any attempt to regulate vocal premiers would be "complex."
Stricter advertising and spending rules for third-party groups are coming into force this year, but the rules don't apply to provinces, meaning, in theory, they have more free range when it comes to ad spending than any other player in the federal election.