July 21, 2005 17:51 ET

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Receives Notice of Vacancy in House of Commons for Surrey North

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 21, 2005) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, received on July 20, 2005, the official warrant from the Speaker of the House of Commons indicating that the seat for Surrey North (British Columbia) 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. 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 Surrey North can be held is on Monday, September 12, 2005.

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