BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – It appears some voters in the Burnaby North–Seymour riding have been bringing concerns to Elections Canada over a candidate recently ousted by the party she had been representing.
Heather Leung is now running as an independent, but ballots still indicate she is a running for the Conservative Party of Canada. Leung’s election signs also still indicate she is with the party.
Elections Canada’s office in Brentwood Town Centre has posted a note saying there have been a number of concerns and complaints on this issue, and explains why this is the case.
“The Canada Elections Act requires that parties provide their list of endorsed candidates to the CEO no later than 24 hours before the lose of nominations (CEA s. 68(300). Any changes in party affiliation after this time will not be reflected on the ballot,” reads the notice.
“The only exception to this is in 77 (1) of the Act, which provides for postponement of the election and the endorsement of a new candidate in the event of an endorsed candidate’s death after day 26. Furthermore, all candidates have until 5:00 p.m. on Day 21 to withdraw their candidacy should they so choose. After this time, the candidate’s name and political affiliation will be listed on the ballot regardless of desire to withdraw or party’s interest in renouncing them.”
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As for the signs, the notice says the Canada Elections Act doesn’t say anything about indicating party affiliation on campaign signs.
By law, Leung is still listed as the party’s candidate as any changes in party affiliation that happen after 24 hours before nominations close will not be reflected on the ballots.
The Tories dropped Leung earlier this month after videos showed her making anti-LGBTQ comments surfaced.
Earlier in the campaign, Leung was called out by Rick Mercer after her campaign’s Facebook page posted a fake endorsement by him.
– With files from Hana Mae Nassar