Contravention of Election Act

July 20, 2006 - Press releases

Montréal, July 20, 2006 – Gaz Métro today pleaded guilty to a statement of offence issued by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec. The company recognizes that it unintentionally committed an offence by reimbursing an employee for the cost of a foursome at a golf tournament for the MNA representing the constituency of Trois-Rivières in the fall of 2004. The statement of offense sets a total of 1635$ in fine and fees.

Gaz Métro has seized this opportunity to increase the awareness of its employees, and especially its managers, of the provisions of the Election Act regarding political contributions. The company has made it clear that it will not reimburse this type of contribution. This directive will be reissued annually.
Gaz Métro advocates transparent and responsible management practices and will be more vigilant in the future in order to avoid any recurrence of such a situation.

Gaz Métro Overview
With more than $2.6 billion of assets and more than 1,500 employees in Québec and 100 employees in Vermont, Gaz Métro is a leading Québec energy company and one of Canada's largest natural gas distributors. Gaz Métro serves about 167,000 customers in Québec through an underground pipeline network of almost 10,000 km.

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