Ontario Court of Appeal Releases Decision in Elections Case

Toronto – September 13, 2017 – The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision today on the conviction appeal by Dean Del Mastro, who was found guilty of offences under the Canada Elections Act in 2014. The Court upheld the conviction.

In October 2014, Mr. Del Mastro was found guilty of personally paying an election expense, and thereby wilfully exceeding his contribution limit, contrary to sections 405(1), 497(3)(f.13) and 500(5). He was also found guilty of wilfully incurring election expenses in excess of the campaign expense limit, contrary to sections 443(1), 497(3)(p) and 500(5) and of providing an electoral campaign return containing a false or misleading material statement in omitting to report a campaign contribution and election expense, contrary to sections 463(1)(a), 497(3)(v) and 500(5).

Mr. Del Mastro has 60 days to decide whether he will seek leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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