Caroline Simard appointed new watchdog for federal elections

OTTAWA — Caroline Simard, vice-chairperson of broadcasting at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has been appointed as Canada's new elections watchdog.

The chief electoral officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, today announced that Simard would start as commissioner of Canada elections in August.

The commissioner is responsible for enforcement of elections law and conducts investigations into breaches, along with other enforcement activities.

Perrault said in a statement that Simard will contribute to protecting the integrity of the voting system and maintaining the public's trust in federal elections.

Simard takes over from Yves Côté, who is finishing a 10-year term as commissioner of Canada elections.

Perrault thanked Côté for his tireless work and dedication to serving Canadians, not just as elections commissioner but throughout his career in the public service.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 13, 2022.

The Canadian Press