Shannon to answer to Elections Act violations

PORT HAWKESBURY: A prominent local businessman is facing several charges in violation of the country’s elections act.

On March 27, Commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Côté, announced that Joseph Patrick Shannon faces five charges under the Canada Elections Act, as requested by the Director of Public Prosecutions. The charges, against Shannon, relate to contributions to registered associations and candidates of registered parties between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2015, which exceeded the contribution limits established under the act.

The first charge of willfully making contributions to a registered association and to candidates of a particular registered party – the total of which exceeded $1,100 – stems from an incident some time in 2008.

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The second and third charges relate to incidents some time in 2011. The fourth charge, of knowingly making contributions to candidates of a particular registered party – the total of which exceeded $1,500 – is in relation to an incident sometime in 2015.

The fifth charge, also of knowingly making contributions to candidates of a particular registered party – the total of which exceeded $1,500 – is also in relation to an incident in 2015.

All incidents are alleged to have taken place “at or near Port Hawkesbury and elsewhere in the Province of Nova Scotia.”

Officials filed the charges on March 16 in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. Shannon is set to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on April 24.