Elections Canada

Elections Canada

April 17, 2009 15:15 ET

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Receives Notice of Vacancy in House of Commons for New Westminster-Coquitlam

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) -

- The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, received yesterday the warrant from the Speaker of the House of Commons indicating that the seat for New Westminster-Coquitlam (British Columbia) is vacant.

- At least 11 days and no more than 180 days must pass after the receipt of a warrant by the Chief Electoral Officer before a by-election is called, in accordance with subsection 31(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.

- Pursuant to subsection 57(3) of the Canada Elections Act, the election must be held on a Monday. Since the date of the election must be at least 36 days after the issue of the writ, the earliest that the by-election in New Westminster-Coquitlam can be held is on Monday, June 8, 2009.

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