464. During an election period, a radio, television or cable broadcaster or the owner of a newspaper, periodical or other publication may, without its constituting an election expense, make air time on the radio or television or space in the newspaper, periodical or other publication available free of charge to the leaders of the authorized parties and to candidates, provided he offers such service equitably as to quality and quantity to all the candidates for the same office or to all the leaders of authorized parties in the municipality. For the purposes of this paragraph, a co-candidate and the candidate with whom he is associated shall be counted as one candidate for the office of councillor.
The chief electoral officer shall verify the legality of services rendered under this section.
1987, c. 57, s. 464; 1990, c. 20, s. 17.