Elections watchdog says Ted Opitz exceeded campaign limit in 2008


OTTAWA — Conservative MP Ted Opitz exceeded his personal contribution limit to his 2008 nomination race for the riding of Mississauga South by nearly $7,000, Canada’s election commissioner has found.

In a compliance agreement posted in the most recent Canada Gazette, commissioner Yves Cote wrote that the rookie MP, elected in 2011 in the riding of Etobicoke Centre, contributed $9,000 to his 2008 nomination campaign, far surpassing the limit of $2,100.

“The contracting party has acknowledged that his contribution of $9,000 to the 2008 Opitz nomination campaign resulted in a contribution of $6,900 in excess of the allowable contribution limit,” Cote wrote.

Optiz’s actions could constitute an offence under a section of the Canada Elections Act, Cote continued.

“The contracting party (Opitz) has acknowledged and accepted responsibility for this act.”

Additionally, Opitz “acknowledges that information relating to these expenses was not, at the relevant time, in the possession of or…

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