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The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) Éric Duhaime may well have incited his supporters to break the electoral law by offering $500 “VIP tickets” for a “mega mid-campaign rally”.
The former radio host sent an invitation by email on Wednesday morning to the “largest rally in the history of the Conservative Party of Quebec”, scheduled for this Friday, starting at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Videotron Center in Quebec City.
“This is an opportunity not to be missed to come and support your candidates from the Conservative Party of Quebec”, can we read in the newsletter of the PCQ .
Each participant is however invited to provide a “certain financial effort” to take part in the gathering. Two “voluntary” options are available to them: entry tickets “at the meager cost of $10” or a “VIP ticket” for the tidy sum of $500.
However, the electoral law sets the maximum amount that an elector can donate to a political party during an election campaign at $200. According to our information, Elections Quebec was informed of the situation and was actively studying the file on Wednesday afternoon.
The link inserted in the email leading to the purchase of the $500 ticket was first deactivated. It was then modified in the early afternoon to lead to a page that allows the purchase of a ticket at… $50.
On the Facebook page of the he event, we can read that the chef, Éric Duhaime, in addition to the candidate and actress Anne Casabonne, will notably be there. Nearly 700 people have confirmed their presence on Facebook.
You can also read there that the event is paid for and authorized by Patrice Raza, official agent of the PCQ.
At the time of writing, Éric Duhaime's press officer had not answered our questions.
More details will follow.
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