With respect to the following story, (click here), Tony Fallis Manager of Elections/Print & Mail, provided The Hamiltonian with the following clarification through our Q/A with him:
Q. With reference to this story, http://www.thehamiltonian.net/2014/08/bad-brad.html, a claim was made that you advised that the signs in question were “ok” according to the municipal election rules. Can you confirm as to what you advised and what the city’s position is on this matter?
A. I did not advise that the signs were ok. That decision would be made by the Municipal Law Enforcement office of the City of Hamilton.
Candidates are responsible for the interpretation of the Municipal Elections Act. On legislation they are not comfortable with they are advised by the Elections Office to seek advice either from their attorney or an accountant dependent upon the sections of the Act they are concerned about.
The Elections Office does not give advice on the interpretation of the MEA. Interestingly the Province of Ontario, the legislative body that writes the Act, will also not interpret the Act.
Hope this helps,
Manager of Elections/Print & Mail