Did Bernard Drainville violate election laws?

Elections office taking a look at his visits to CEGEPs

Bernard Drainville takes a selfie with students at CEGEP Lionel-Groulx in Ste-Therese Tuesday.

Quebec's elections office is investigating whether Bernard Drainville, the minister responsible for democratic institutions, violated the province's election laws.

Drainville tweeted or retweeted several photos of himself posing with groups of CEGEP students in Ahuntsic and the Lanaudière region on Tuesday.

He was touring two CEGEPs — which also doubled as polling stations — accompanied by PQ candidates Evelyne Abitbol, running in the north-end Montreal riding of Acadie, and Martine Desjardins, the former student leader running in the north-shore riding of Groulx.

Electoral laws stipulate that no one can use or wear a symbol of their political affiliation at a polling station, or to openly support a candidate at a polling station.

A spokesperson for Drainville told La Presse that he indeed distributed pamphlets at the CEGEP, and that he did so within the law. On a second phone call, however, he backtracked — saying no one distributed pamphlets. The spokesperson, Manuel Dionne, added that Drainville did not take part in any partisan activity, that he had a right to visit with students, and that his office had cleared his activities with the elections office to make sure they were above board.

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  1. wluis posted on 04/02/2014 11:09 AM
    I believe the PQ minsters don't have respect for their leader.
    If the poles keep dropping for the PQ, especially in the French population. You will see more of this.
  2. joeN posted on 04/02/2014 11:12 AM
    The answer is YES! But what's more disturbing is that as "the minister responsible for democratic institutions" , he has no respect for the laws that exist and tries to create laws that curtail my religious freedoms and choices. Do as I say but don't do as I do??
    PQ the champions of hypocracy, lunacy, distorted logic, and never ending paranoia. This guy needs some serious drugs to bring him back to reality.
  3. George73 posted on 04/02/2014 02:17 PM
    So which is it Bernie? Did you or did you not distribute pamphlets at a polling station in contravention of election law? Perhaps you can't remember? Yes, use that defense. You've already indicated your memory is so bad that you couldn't remember that you'd worked in Mexico for 2 years. You may be in a bit of trouble if you need a job shortly. Can you remember any of your courses from law school?
  4. tom posted on 04/02/2014 04:34 PM
    Although the PQ are shooting themselves in their own foot and pools are suggesting Liberal win and even a majority we can’t sit back on election day and assume the polls are accurate and not think our vote is important or no longer needed. Every possible vote is required to be sure we make a difference and that it is a solid difference. This election is the most important one we have had in years. Vote April 7th!
  5. SStM posted on 04/02/2014 06:03 PM
    And this paragon of clarity , honesty , and democracy wants to dictate individual rights to Quebecers. Shame shame shame for real Quebecers
  6. barry allen posted on 04/03/2014 12:14 AM
    These PQ ministers are beyond belief.Laws dont apply to them.Quebec imho is a 3rd world banana republic.As the PQ has no respect for democracy we should have the United Nations monitor this election.The PQ is way behind and may try to "fix" the election in a similar manner to the 1995 referendum.I feel that the PQ is in fact violating many laws 1) Hate Speech-incitement to physically attack minorities. 2) Election Fraud-denying English speaking university students the right to vote 3) Bernard goingdown the Drainville violating campaigning at an election location....I have no respect for racist,fascist governments.
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