Elections Canada

Elections Canada

February 26, 2007 16:40 ET

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Receives Notice of Vacancy in House of Commons for Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 26, 2007) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, received the official warrant today from the Speaker of the House of Commons, indicating that the seat for Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot (Quebec) is vacant. After receiving a warrant, at least 11 days and no more than 180 days must pass 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 by-election must be held on a Monday. In accordance with subsection 57(4) of the Act, if in the week in which the by-election is to be held, the Monday is a holiday, the by-election shall be held on the Tuesday of that week. Since the date of the by-election must be at least 36 days after the issue of the writ, the earliest that the by-election in Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot can be held is on Monday, April 16, 2007.

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