C-36 - Act respecting the Standing Commission on Reform of the Electoral Districts

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chapter C-36
Act respecting the Standing Commission on Reform of the Electoral Districts
COMMISSION ON REFORM OF THE ELECTORAL DISTRICTSDecember 13 1979January 10 1980
Chapter C-36 is replaced by the Act respecting electoral representation (chapter R-24.1) except sections 2 to 5 which are repealed. (1979, c. 57, s. 42).
1979, c. 57, s. 42.
1. A body, hereinafter called the Commission, is constituted under the name of “Standing Commission on Reform of the Electoral Districts” in English and “Commission permanente de la réforme des districts électoraux” in French.
1971, c. 7, s. 1.
2. (Repealed).
1971, c. 7, s. 2; 1977, c. 11, s. 132; 1979, c. 57, s. 42.
3. (Repealed).
1971, c. 7, s. 3; 1977, c. 11, s. 132; 1979, c. 57, s. 42.
4. (Repealed).
1971, c. 7, s. 4; 1977, c. 11, s. 132; 1979, c. 57, s. 42.
5. (Repealed).
1971, c. 7, s. 5; 1979, c. 57, s. 42.
6. The function of the Commission shall be to delimit the electoral districts of Québec, applying thereto the principles set out in this act to ensure fair and equitable representation in the Assemblée nationale to all the electors.
1971, c. 7, s. 6.
7. The Commission shall, in the year following general elections in Québec, determine whether the electoral districts must be again delimited to comply with the principles set out in this act, and send its opinion to the President of the Assemblée nationale who shall communicate it to the members within the five days on which the Assemblée sits after receipt of such opinion.
If the Commission considers that changes must be made, it shall, within six months following the sending of its opinion to the President of the Assemblée nationale, present to him a draft indicating the new delimitations proposed by it and the President shall communicate it to the members within the five days on which the Assemblée sits after receipt of such draft.
1971, c. 7, s. 7.
8. The Commission must, taking into account the number of electoral districts in Québec and the area of each, ensure that each electoral district includes 32,000 electors and for that purpose it must take into account the factors of variation in the population; it may, however, allow electoral districts in which the number of electors is greater or less than that number by not more than twenty-five per cent, whevener it considers it necessary by reason of the population density.
The Commission may depart from the rules set out in the first paragraph for exceptional reasons of a demographic and geographic nature such as the very low population density, the relative growth rate of the population of a region, its accessibility, area or shape.
1971, c. 7, s. 9.
9. In the performance of its duties, the Commission and each of its members shall have the powers and immunities of commissioners appointed under the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (chapter C-37).
1971, c. 7, s. 10.
10. The Commission may, in the performance of its duties, retain the services of any person.
Such a person shall be appointed by the Commission according to the staff requirements determined by the Conseil du trésor; he shall be remunerated in accordance with the standards and scales established by such Conseil and section 434 of the Election Act shall apply to such person, if necessary.
1971, c. 7, s. 11; 1977, c. 5, s. 14.
11. The Commission must, whenever the Assemblée nationale or one of its committees studies any of its opinions or reports, provide it with all documents and information at its disposal and be available to it in the carrying out of its work.
1971, c. 7, s. 12.
12. The moneys required for the purposes of this act shall be taken out of the consolidated revenue fund.
1971, c. 7, s. 13.