OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau received a warm welcome last week in Antigonish, N.S., where he offered platitudes to an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds.
But it turns out the Federal Liberal Association for Central Nova - the riding in which Antigonish is located - had been put on notice only a week before, the result of failing to comply with various financial submissions requirements of the Canada Elections Act.
According to the Canada Gazette, an official publication of the Canadian government, the Central Nova Federal Liberal Association, as well as more than a handful of Green Party associations, have been put on notice for inadequate financial submissions.
The Central Nova Liberal association and 10 federal Green Party associations will be deregistered as of Sept. 30.
A Liberal party spokeswoman confirmed the deregistration and said it was "administrative procedure" and "does not reflect the true strength or weakness of a riding."
"Justin Trudeau's successful and popular visit last week there indicates that there is a lot of support to work with and we look forward to waging a strong campaign there as we will across the country," Andree-Lyne Halle told QMI Agency.
The Green party did not return calls to QMI Agency.
Relevant sections of the Canada Elections Act indicate the association closures are for failing to provide financial documents such as transaction returns, auditor's reports on financial transaction returns, statements of all contributions and the number of contributors, statements of all the association's assets, commercial holdings and any liabilities and assets.
Financial agents for all registered associations are required to file the detailed information to Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand for each fiscal period of the association.
Failure to do so can result in "non-voluntary deregistration," as is happening in Central Nova.
As well as the Central Nova Federal Liberal Association, 10 Green Party associations in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia will also be deregistered.