C-64.1 - Referendum Act

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chapter C-64.1
Referendum Act
REFERENDUMJune 23 1978June 23 1978
CHAPTER I
INTERPRETATION
1. In this Act,
(1)  authorized entity , authorized party and official representative of an authorized political party have the same meaning as in the Election Act (chapter E-3.3) where used in connection with a referendum;
(2)  referendum period means, for the purposes of regulated expenses, the period beginning on the day of the writ instituting the holding of a referendum and ending on polling day.
For purposes of the interpretation of this Act, the Election Act applies.
1978, c. 6, s. 1; 1981, c. 4, s. 5; 1984, c. 51, s. 530; 1989, c. 1, s. 584; 1992, c. 38, s. 78.
CHAPTER II
CONSEIL DU RÉFÉRENDUM
2. A Conseil du référendum is established. It is composed of three judges of the Court of Québec, one of whom is the chairman, designated by the chief judge of that Court.
If one of the members of the Conseil du référendum is absent or unable to act, the chief judge of the Court of Québec shall designate another judge of the Court to replace him.
1978, c. 6, s. 2; 1988, c. 21, s. 66; 1999, c. 40, s. 87.
3. The Conseil du référendum shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear any judicial proceeding relating to a referendum and to the application of this Act.
Its decisions are final and without appeal.
However, an appeal lies to the Court of Appeal, on a question of law, from a decision rendered by the Conseil du référendum by virtue of section 41 or 42.
This appeal is heard by preference, and the decision of the Court is final and without appeal.
This appeal is governed by articles 351 to 390 of the Code of Civil Procedure (chapter C-25.01), so far as they are applicable.
1978, c. 6, s. 3; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP).
4. Only the President or a member of the National Assembly may apply to the Conseil du référendum to render a decision on the subject of a referendum for the purposes of section 12.
The Conseil must render a decision within ten days of this application, failing which the subject of the referendum is deemed to be not substantially similar to that of a referendum held during the same Legislature.
Such application must be made and, as the case may be, the decision must be rendered before the National Assembly adopts the question contemplated in section 8 or the bill contemplated in section 10.
1978, c. 6, s. 4; 1982, c. 62, s. 143.
5. The Conseil du référendum must give its opinion on any question of law or technical question submitted to it by the Government respecting the holding of a referendum.
Upon the tabling in the National Assembly of a question contemplated in section 8 or a bill contemplated in section 10, every request for an opinion on that question or bill, as well as the opinion given by the Conseil du référendum, shall be made public by the latter.
1978, c. 6, s. 5; 1982, c. 62, s. 143.
6. The chairman of the Conseil du référendum may call upon the services, on a temporary basis, of any person he considers necessary for the carrying out of its functions in respect of the holding of a referendum.
1978, c. 6, s. 6.
CHAPTER III
SUBJECT OF THE REFERENDUM
7. The Government may order that the electors be consulted by referendum
(a)  on a question approved by the National Assembly in accordance with sections 8 and 9, or
(b)  on a bill adopted by the National Assembly in accordance with section 10.
As soon as the National Assembly is informed of the question or bill contemplated in the first paragraph, the Secretary General of the National Assembly shall notify the chief electoral officer thereof in writing.
1978, c. 6, s. 7; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1992, c. 38, s. 79; 1995, c. 23, s. 53.
8. On a motion of the Prime Minister, the National Assembly may adopt the text of a question which is to be the subject of a referendum. The debate on this motion is business having precedence over any other question, except the debate on the Opening Speech of the session.
1978, c. 6, s. 8; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1992, c. 38, s. 80.
9. During debate of the motion contemplated in section 8, a member may propose a motion of amendment or sub-amendment, but the latter motion does not restrict the right of another member to introduce a similar motion, or to address the substantive motion and the motions of amendment or sub-amendment at the same time. The rule that a member may speak only once does not apply. Upon 35 hours of debate, the President of the National Assembly, after conferring with the house leaders of the parliamentary groups, must put the motions of amendment or sub-amendment and the substantive motion to the vote, in such order as he may determine.
1978, c. 6, s. 9; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1992, c. 38, s. 81.
10. A bill adopted by the National Assembly cannot be submitted to a referendum unless it contains, at the time of being tabled, a provision to that effect, as well as the text of the question submitted for the referendum.
This bill cannot be presented for assent until it has been submitted to the electors by way of a referendum.
1978, c. 6, s. 10; 1982, c. 62, s. 143.
11. A bill submitted to a referendum may be assented to after the prorogation of the session during which it was adopted, provided that it be before the dissolution of the Legislature which voted its adoption.
1978, c. 6, s. 11.
12. There shall not be, during the same Legislature, more than one referendum on the same subject or on a subject which, in the opinion of the Conseil du référendum, is substantially similar to the former subject.
1978, c. 6, s. 12.
CHAPTER IV
REFERENDUM WRIT
1982, c. 31, s. 103.
13. The holding of a referendum is instituted by a writ of the Government addressed to the chief electoral officer. This writ enjoins him to hold a referendum on the date fixed therein.
The chief electoral officer shall send a copy of the writ to the returning officer of each electoral division, and the returning officer must comply with it.
1978, c. 6, s. 13; 1981, c. 4, s. 6; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1987, c. 28, s. 23; 1989, c. 1, s. 585; 1992, c. 38, s. 82.
14. No writ instituting the holding of a referendum may be issued before the eighteenth day following the day on which the National Assembly was informed of the question or bill contemplated in section 7.
1978, c. 6, s. 14; 1981, c. 4, s. 6; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1992, c. 38, s. 83.
15. From the time a writ instituting the holding of a general election is issued, every writ instituting the holding of a referendum ceases to have effect and no writ may be issued before the general election is held.
1978, c. 6, s. 15; 1981, c. 4, s. 6; 1999, c. 40, s. 87.
CHAPTER V
Repealed, 1995, c. 23, s. 54.
1981, c. 4, s. 7; 1995, c. 23, s. 54.
16. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 16; 1981, c. 4, s. 7; 1984, c. 51, s. 531; 1985, c. 30, s. 145; 1987, c. 28, s. 24; 1989, c. 1, s. 586; 1992, c. 38, s. 84; 1995, c. 23, s. 54.
17. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 17; 1981, c. 4, s. 7; 1984, c. 51, s. 532; 1987, c. 28, s. 25; 1989, c. 1, s. 587.
18. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 18; 1981, c. 4, s. 7; 1989, c. 1, s. 588; 1992, c. 38, s. 85.
CHAPTER VI
Repealed, 1992, c. 38, s. 86.
1992, c. 38, s. 86.
19. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 19; 1981, c. 4, s. 8; 1984, c. 51, s. 533; 1985, c. 30, s. 31, s. 145; 1992, c. 38, s. 86.
CHAPTER VII
BALLOT PAPERS
20. The ballot paper is a printed paper on which is entered, in French and in English, the question put to the electors.
The ballot paper also contains a space specially and solely reserved for the mark by which the elector expresses his choice.
1978, c. 6, s. 20; 1984, c. 51, s. 534.
21. Notwithstanding section 20, the question entered on the ballot papers used in polling stations situated in an Indian reserve or in a place where an Amerind or Inuit community lives, must be drawn up in French, in English and in the language of the native majority of the place, to the extent that the returning officer may have the ballot papers printed in such language.
The returning officer shall determine which native language must be used and cause a translation of the question entered on the ballot paper to be made into such language.
1978, c. 6, s. 21.
CHAPTER VIII
THE REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN
DIVISION I
NATIONAL COMMITTEES
22. Upon the adoption of the text of a question or of a bill that is to be submitted to the referendum by the National Assembly, the secretary general of the Assembly must inform the chief electoral officer of it, in writing.
He shall also send to each member of the National Assembly a notice to the effect that the latter may, within five days after the adoption of the question or of the bill, register with the chief electoral officer in favour of one of the options submitted to the referendum.
1978, c. 6, s. 22; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1992, c. 38, s. 87.
23. All the members of the National Assembly who, within five days after the adoption of a question or of a bill that is to be submitted to the referendum, register with the chief electoral officer for one of the options, shall form the provisional committee in favour of such option.
Where, at the end of the period provided for in the first paragraph, no member of the National Assembly has registered in favour of one of the options, the chief electoral officer may invite not less than three nor more than twenty electors to form the provisional committee in favour of such option. Such electors must be chosen from among the persons publicly identified with such option.
The chief electoral officer shall, with the least possible delay, call a meeting of each provisional committee at the place, day and time he indicates. At such meeting, the members of each provisional committee shall adopt the by-laws to govern the national committee in favour of such option and appoint the chairman thereof.
1978, c. 6, s. 23; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1992, c. 38, s. 88; 1999, c. 40, s. 87.
24. The by-laws governing a national committee may determine any matter relating to its proper operation, including the name under which it is to be known and the manner in which it is to be established.
Such by-laws may also provide for the setting up of local authorities of this committee in each electoral division, provided that each of these authorities is authorized by the chairman of the national committee.
These by-laws must furthermore provide for the affiliation to the committee of groups which are favourable to the same option and see to the establishment of the norms, conditions and formalities governing the affiliation and financing of these groups.
1978, c. 6, s. 24; 1981, c. 4, s. 16.
24.1. Any application for affiliation to a national committee must be made within seven days after the adoption of the by-laws of the national committee.
The national committee must decide the application within seven days after the application is made.
1998, c. 52, s. 92.
25. The resolution of a provisional committee appointing the chairman of a national committee and that adopting the by-laws thereof must be certified by the signature of the majority of the members of such provisional committee. They shall take effect when they are forwarded to the chief electoral officer. They shall be replaced or amended only in accordance with the same procedure.
1978, c. 6, s. 25; 1984, c. 51, s. 561.
DIVISION II
THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION
26. Not later than ten days before the holding of a poll, the chief electoral officer must send the electors a single booklet explaining each of the options submitted to the referendum, wherein the text is established by each national committee, respectively. Equal space, as fixed by the chief electoral officer, must be given in this booklet to each option.
1978, c. 6, s. 26; 1984, c. 51, s. 561.
DIVISION III
Repealed, 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
1992, c. 38, s. 89.
27. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 27; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
28. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 28; 1982, c. 54, s. 42; 1984, c. 51, s. 535; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1989, c. 1, s. 589; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
29. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 29; 1982, c. 31, s. 106; 1984, c. 51, s. 536; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
30. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 30; 1982, c. 54, s. 43; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
31. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 31; 1981, c. 4, s. 16; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
32. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 32; 1981, c. 4, s. 10; 1984, c. 51, s. 537; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
33. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 33; 1978, c. 15, s. 140; 1982, c. 54, s. 44; 1983, c. 55, s. 139; 1984, c. 51, s. 538; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
34. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 34; 1981, c. 4, s. 16; 1984, c. 51, s. 539; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
35. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 35; 1982, c. 31, s. 107; 1982, c. 54, s. 45; 1984, c. 51, s. 540; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1985, c. 30, s. 145; 1992, c. 38, s. 89.
DIVISION IV
REFERENDUM FUND
36. The official agent, his deputy or the local agent shall not pay the cost of a regulated expense except out of a special fund called the “referendum fund” for the purposes of this Act.
1978, c. 6, s. 36.
37. Only the following amounts shall be paid into the referendum fund put at the disposal of an official agent:
(a)  the subsidy provided for in section 40;
(b)  the amounts transferred or loaned to such fund by the official representative of a political party authorized under Title III of the Election Act (chapter E-3.3), provided that the total sum of the amounts so transferred and loaned does not exceed $0.50 per elector in the aggregate of the electoral divisions;
(c)  the contributions directly paid by an elector out of his own property.
For the purposes of subparagraph b of the first paragraph, the number of electors is that provided for in section 427 of the Election Act, as amended by Appendix 2.
1978, c. 6, s. 37; 1981, c. 4, s. 16; 1984, c. 51, s. 541; 1989, c. 1, s. 590; 1992, c. 38, s. 90.
38. Only the following amounts shall be paid into the referendum fund put at the disposal of a local agent:
(a)  the amounts transferred to such fund by the official agent out of the fund contemplated in section 37;
(b)  the contributions directly paid by an elector out of his own property.
1978, c. 6, s. 38.
39. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 39; 1992, c. 38, s. 91.
DIVISION V
GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY
40. The Minister of Finance shall, within three days after a writ of referendum is issued, send to the official agent of each national committee the amount of subsidy that the National Assembly may fix at the time when it adopts the text of a question or a bill that is to be submitted to the referendum. The amount of such subsidy must be the same for each of the national committees.
Where the number of electors entered on the lists of electors is used to fix the amount of the subsidy, the National Assembly may, not later than 60 days after the polling, adjust the subsidy to take account of the additional number of electors entered on the lists of electors used for the polling. The Minister of Finance shall, within three days after the date on which he is informed of this number, pay the supplementary amount of the subsidy to the official agent of each national committee.
1978, c. 6, s. 40; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1992, c. 49, s. 4.
CHAPTER IX
CONTESTATIONS
41. Only the chairman of a national committee may apply for a recount of the votes before a judge.
Such application shall be made before the Conseil du référendum, which has exclusive jurisdiction to hear it. It must be made within 15 days after that of the polling. The application for a recount of the votes before a judge may be limited to one or several electoral divisions.
The Conseil du référendum shall receive such application only to the extent that it is of opinion that the facts alleged, were they true, would be susceptible of changing the total result of the referendum.
Where the Conseil du référendum receives an application for a recount of the votes before a judge, such recount shall be made, in each electoral division contemplated, as if the referendum had been an election, with the necessary modifications. No costs may be awarded. Even where all the ballot papers are rejected by the judge, no new referendum may be held.
1978, c. 6, s. 41; 1981, c. 4, s. 11; 1999, c. 40, s. 87.
42. Only the chairman of a national committee may, upon application made before the Conseil du référendum within fifteen days after that of the polling, contest the validity of a referendum.
The Conseil du référendum shall receive such application only to the extent that it is of opinion that the facts alleged, were they true, would be susceptible of changing the total result of the referendum.
Where the Conseil du référendum receives an application for the contestation of the validity of a referendum, that application must be tried before the Conseil du référendum, which has exclusive jurisdiction to hear it, in accordance with the provisions of Title V of the Election Act (chapter E-3.3) to the extent that they are applicable.
Where a referendum is declared invalid, a new referendum shall be held only if a new writ is issued in accordance with this Act.
1978, c. 6, s. 42; 1981, c. 4, s. 12; 1984, c. 51, s. 542; 1989, c. 1, s. 591; 1999, c. 40, s. 87.
CHAPTER X
MISCELLANEOUS
43. The chief electoral officer and his personnel have with respect to the holding of a referendum powers similar to those granted to them by the Election Act (chapter E-3.3) with respect to elections.
The chief electoral officer has with respect to national committees and their agents powers similar to those granted to him by the Election Act with respect to the authorization and financing of political parties, their party authorities and representatives and with respect to the control of election expenses.
1978, c. 6, s. 43; 1981, c. 4, s. 13; 1982, c. 54, s. 46; 1984, c. 51, s. 543; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1989, c. 1, s. 592.
44. Except to the extent that this Act provides otherwise, every referendum shall be governed by the provisions of the Election Act (chapter E-3.3) that are in force at the time and that are enumerated in Appendix 2, with, where necessary, the amendments indicated therein.
The regulations made under the Election Act and writs made under the said Act apply, with the necessary modifications, to a referendum.
1978, c. 6, s. 44; 1981, c. 4, s. 14; 1984, c. 51, s. 544; 1989, c. 1, s. 593; 1995, c. 23, s. 55.
45. The chief electoral officer must cause a special version of the Election Act (chapter E-3.3) to be printed, striking out therefrom the sections not appearing in Appendix 2, incorporating therein the sections of the said Act appearing in the said Appendix and making the amendments indicated in the said Appendix.
In preparing the special version, the chief electoral officer may amend the titles and subtitles of the said Act.
The chief electoral officer shall also cause to be printed a special version of the regulations made pursuant to sections 549 and 550 of the Election Act.
1978, c. 6, s. 45; 1981, c. 4, s. 15; 1982, c. 54, s. 47; 1984, c. 51, s. 545; 1985, c. 30, s. 32; 1989, c. 1, s. 594; 1992, c. 38, s. 92.
46. (Repealed).
1978, c. 6, s. 46; 1982, c. 54, s. 48.
47. The chief electoral officer must make, in addition to the obligations imposed by section 45, such measures of concordance as are necessary for the carrying out of this Act, in the version of the Act contemplated in the said section.
1978, c. 6, s. 47; 1982, c. 54, s. 49; 1984, c. 51, s. 546; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1986, c. 61, s. 2.
48. The moneys necessary for the application of this Act shall be taken out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
1978, c. 6, s. 48.
49. (Amendment integrated into c. E-3, s. 49).
1978, c. 6, s. 49.
50. (Amendment integrated into c. E-3, s. 142).
1978, c. 6, s. 50.
51. (Amendment integrated into c. F-2, s. 83).
1978, c. 6, s. 51.
52. (Omitted).
1978, c. 6, s. 52.
53. (This section ceased to have effect on 17 April 1987).
1982, c. 21, s. 1; U. K., 1982, c. 11, Sch. B, Part I, s. 33.
(Repealed).
1978, c. 6, Appendix 1; 1981, c. 4, s. 17.
APPENDIX 2
(Sections 44, 45)
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO THE HOLDING OF A REFERENDUM
ELECTION ACT (chapter E-3.3)
SECTIONS AMENDMENTS

1 Replace the words “Referendum Act (chapter
C-64.1)” in subparagraph 5 of the first
paragraph by the words “Election Act (chapter
E-3.3)”.

2

3 Replace the fourth paragraph by the following:

“An elector who is a Member of the National Assembly
representing an electoral division other than the
electoral division in which he is domiciled may be
considered to be domiciled either in the polling
subdivision of his domicile or in the polling
subdivision where the main office he uses as a
Member of the National Assembly in the electoral
division he represents is situated.”

Replace the words “an election period” in
the fifth paragraph by the words “a referendum
period”.

4

46 Replace the first paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“46. An official agent may resign by sending a
written notice to that effect to the chairman of the
national committee.”

Replace the words “Within 30 days of resigning, the
official representative shall file with the party,
the party authority, the independent Member or the
independent candidate” in the second paragraph by
the words “Within 30 days of resigning, the
official agent shall file with the national
committee”, and the words “financial
report” by the words “return of
regulated expenses”.

Replace the words “an authorized entity no longer has
an official representative, another official
representative” in the third paragraph by the words
“a national committee no longer has an official
agent, another official agent”.

Replace the words “official representative or of a
delegate” in the fourth paragraph by the words
“official agent”.

60 Replace the section by the following section:

“60. The official agent of a national committee is
authorized to solicit and collect contributions until
polling day.

After polling day, the official agent is authorized
to solicit and collect contributions only for the
purpose of paying the debts arising from his
regulated expenses and to dispose, in accordance with
the second paragraph of section 441, of the sums and
property derived from his referendum fund.”

66 Replace the section by the following section:

“66. Where the chairman of a national committee
resigns, he shall so notify the chief electoral
officer in writing without delay.”

87 Strike out the second paragraph.

88 Replace the first paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“88. Sums of money donated to a national committee
and services rendered and goods furnished to it for
the purposes of promoting an option submitted to a
referendum are contributions.”

Strike out subparagraphs 2 and 3 of the second
paragraph.

Replace subparagraph 4 of the second paragraph by
the following subparagraph:

“(4) a loan granted to a national committee at the
current market rate of interest at the time it is
granted by an authorized political party;”.

Strike out subparagraphs 5 and 6 of the second
paragraph.

Replace subparagraph 7 of the second paragraph by the
following subparagraph:

“(7) air time on the radio or television or space in
the newspaper, periodical or other printed matter
available free of charge to national committees by
any radio, television or cable broadcaster or any
owner of a newspaper, periodical or other printed
matter, provided he offers such service equitably as
to quality and quantity to each national committee;”.

Replace subparagraph 8 of the second paragraph by
the following subparagraph:

“(8) transfers of funds between:

(a) an authorized party and the referendum fund of
a national committee;

(b) the referendum fund of a national committee and
the referendum fund put at the disposal of a local
agent.”

90

91 Replace the first paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“91. The total of contributions to each national
committee by the same elector in the same referendum
shall not exceed the amount of $3,000.”

Replace the words “an authorized entity” in
the second paragraph by the words “a national
committee”.

92 Replace the first paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“92. Contributions shall not be solicited except
under the responsibility of the official agent of a
national committee, or except through persons
designated in writing by the official agent.”

Replace the word “representative” in the second
paragraph by the word “agent”.

93 Replace the words “representative of the authorized
entity” by the words “agent of the national
committee”.

94 Replace the section by the following section:

“94. The local agent has, for the electoral division
for which he is appointed, the powers conferred on
the official agent of the national committee by
sections 92, 93 and 96.”

95 Replace “official representative of the authorized
entity” by
“official agent of the national committee”.

96 Replace the word “representative” by the word
“agent”.

97 Replace the words “authorized entity” by
the words “national committee”.

98 Replace the words “authorized entity” by the
words “national committee”.

99 Replace the words “authorized entity” by the
words “official agent”.

100

104 Replace the words “representative of an authorized
entity” by the words “agent of a national
committee”.

105 Add, after the second paragraph, the following
paragraph:

“The principal of, and interest on, every loan must
be paid before the return of the regulated expenses
is sent.”

131

132 Replace the words “party authority at the level
of the electoral division” in the first paragraph
by the words “authority, at the level of the
electoral division, of an authorized party represented
in the National Assembly”.

133 Replace the words “an election” by the words
“a referendum”.

134 Replace the words “political parties and independent
candidates” by the words “national
committees”, and the words “election expenses”
by the words “regulated expenses”.

135 Replace the words “particulars that will be contained
in” in the fourth and fifth lines by the words
“question that will appear on”.

135.1

136

137 Replace “an election period” in the second
paragraph by “a referendum period”.

138
to
144

145 Replace the words “an election” in the first
paragraph by the words “a referendum”.

146 Replace the section by the following section:

“146. Not later than the twenty-seventh day
preceding polling day, the returning officer shall
transmit to each official delegate the list of
electors for the electoral division, the list of
electors entitled to exercise their right to vote
outside Québec for the division and the list
of addresses for which no electors’ names are entered.

The lists shall be transmitted in computer form and in
duplicate copies.

The chief electoral officer shall transmit the lists
in computer form to the national committees.

For the purposes of this Act, “official delegate”
means a person appointed as such by the chairman of a
national committee to represent him in an electoral
division.

147 Replace the word “election” in the first
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

Replace the word “parties” in the second
paragraph by the words “national committees”.

179
to
181

182 Replace the section by the following section:

“182. The returning officer shall inform the chief
electoral officer, the national committees and each
official delegate of the places selected.”

182.1

183

184 Replace the section by the following section:

“184. The returning officer shall appoint two
revisors not later than Wednesday of the fourth
week preceding that of the polling.

The first revisor shall be appointed on the
recommendation of the official delegate of the
national committee which has the greatest number of
Members of the National Assembly.

The second revisor shall be appointed on the
recommendation of the official delegate of the
national committee which has the second greatest
number of Members of the National Assembly.”

186 Strike out the first paragraph.

187 Replace the words “parties represented in the
National Assembly” by the words “national
committees referred to in section 184”.

188 Replace the section by the following section:

“188. The revisor recommended by the national
committee to which the greatest number of
Members of the National Assembly belong shall act as
vice-chairman of the board of revisors.”

189 Replace the section by the following section:

“189. The returning officer shall post, in his
office, the list of revisors appointed to each board
of revisors and shall transmit it to the chief
electoral officer, the national committees and each
official delegate.”

190
to
196

198.1
to
213

214 Replace the word “election” in the third
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

215
to
217

218 Replace “candidate” in the first and second
paragraphs by “official delegate”.

Replace “to the authorized parties represented in the
National Assembly and to any other authorized party having
so requested” in the fourth paragraph by “to
each national committee”.

227
to
231.1

231.2 Replace the word “candidate” in the second
paragraph by the words “official delegate”.

231.2.1 Replace “to the authorized parties represented in
the National Assembly and to any other authorized party
having so requested ” by “to each national
committee”.

231.3
to
231.13

231.14 Replace “candidate” in the second
paragraph by “official delegate”.

233 Replace the word “election” by the word
“referendum”.

248 Replace the first and second paragraphs by the
following paragraphs:

“248. Every employer shall, upon written request,
grant a leave without pay to an employee who acts as
the chairman of a national committee or as an
official delegate. The request may be made at any
time from the date of the writ instituting the
holding of a referendum.

The employee’s leave begins on the day requested by
the employee and ends on the thirtieth day following
polling day.”

249 Replace the first, second and third paragraphs by the
following paragraphs:

“249. Every employer shall, upon written request,
grant a leave without pay to an employee who acts as
the official agent of a national committee. The
request may be made at any time from the date of the
writ instituting the holding of a referendum.

The employee’s leave begins on the day requested by
the employee and ends on the ninetieth day following
polling day.”

250

251 Replace the words “a candidate or” by the words
“the chairman of a national committee, an official
delegate or an”.

252
to
255

259.1 Replace the word “election” by the word
“referendum” and the words “an
election” by the words “a referendum”.

259.2 Replace the word “Election” in the first and
second paragraphs by the word “Referendum”.

259.3 Replace the word “Election” by the word
“Referendum”.

259.4 Replace the word “election” by the word
“referendum”.

259.5 Replace the word “election” in the first and
second paragraphs by the word “referendum”.

259.6

259.7 Replace “Election” in the first paragraph
by “Referendum”.

Replace “candidate or, where applicable,
the authorized party” in the third paragraph
by “official delegate”, and
“election” in that paragraph by
“referendum”.

259.8 Replace the word “election” in the first
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

Replace the words “party or candidate concerned” in
the first paragraph by the words “national committee
concerned”.

Replace the words “party, candidate” in the second
paragraph by the words “national committee”.

259.9 Replace the words “The party, candidate” by the
words “The national committee”.

260 Replace the section by the following section:

“260. Upon receipt of a copy of the writ, the
returning officer shall publish a notice of poll.

The notice of poll shall set forth

(1) the text of the question put to the electors;

(2) the days and hours of polling at advance polling
stations;

(3) the day and hours of polling at polling stations;

(4) the name of every national committee and, for
each of them, the name of the chairman and of
the official agent, and, for the
division, the given name and surname of the official
delegate and of the local agent.”

261 Replace the words “candidate or his mandatary”
by the words “official delegate”.

262 Replace the words “candidate and each authorized
party authority at the level of the electoral
division” in the first paragraph by the words
“official delegate”.

262.1

263 Replace the figure “317” by the figures
“310, 312 to 317”.

264

265

268

269

270 Replace the words “the candidates” by the
words “each official delegate”.

272

273 Replace the words “general election” in the first
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

Replace the words “of his domicile” in the third
paragraph by the words “where the house of detention
is situated”.

274 Replace the words “chief electoral officer” in the
third paragraph by the words “returning officer of
the electoral division concerned”.

Add, after the third paragraph, the following paragraph:

“The returning officer shall ensure that the list
remains confidential.”

275

276 Replace the words “authorized party” by the words
“official delegate of a national committee”.

278 Replace the section by the following section:

“278. The returning officer referred to in section
275 shall give the deputy returning officer a sealed
ballot box containing the ballot papers, the list of
electors of the house of detention, the poll book and
the materials required for the poll. He shall also
give him directives on the work of the polling
officers.”

279

280 Strike out the second paragraph.

282 Replace the section by the following section:

“282. The counting of the votes shall be effected
in accordance with section 272.”

286
to
289

290 Replace the word “candidates” by the words
“official delegates”.

291
to
293.4

293.5 Strike out the words “and a list of the places where
the elector may consult the list of candidates” in
the first paragraph.

Strike out the words “be in the form prescribed by
Schedule IV and shall” in the second paragraph.

296
to
299

300 Replace the section by the following section:

“300. The counting of the votes of electors outside
Québec shall be proceeded with in accordance with
section 272, adapted as required.

However, the counting shall be proceeded with at the
place and time fixed by the chief electoral officer.

The deputy returning officer shall, for each
electoral division, draw up a statement of votes and
an abstract from such statement that he shall deliver
to the chief electoral officer or the person
designated by him, together with the ballot box.

The chief electoral officer shall forthwith
communicate the results to each returning officer
concerned and transmit to him the abstract from the
statement of votes which concerns him.”

302 Replace the word “candidate” in the fifth
paragraph by the words “official delegate”.

303
to
305

306 Replace the words “an election” in the first
paragraph by the words “a referendum”.

307
to
309

310 Replace the section by the following section:

“310. In every polling station, the returning
officer shall appoint, as deputy returning officer,
the person recommended by the official delegate of
the national committee which has the greatest number
of Members in the National Assembly.

He shall appoint, as poll clerk, the person
recommended by the official delegate of the national
committee which has the second greatest number of
Members in the National Assembly.

Where the two national committees have an equal
number of Members in the National Assembly, the
chief electoral officer shall determine, by a drawing
of lots, which committee is deemed to have the
greatest number of Members or, as the case may be,
the second greatest number of Members in the National
Assembly.”

310.1 Replace the section by the following section:

“310.1. For every polling station, the returning
officer shall appoint two persons to act as officers
assigned to the list of electors, respectively recommended
by the official delegate of a national committee.”

312

312.1

313 Replace the word “candidate” in the first
paragraph by the words “official delegate”.

Replace the word “candidates” in the second
paragraph by the words “official delegates”.

314

315

315.1

316 Replace the section by the following section:

“316. The official delegate of each national
committee may designate a person and give him a power
of attorney to represent the national committee
before the deputy returning officer or the officer in
charge of information and order, or before each of
them.”

317 Replace the words “candidate or his mandatary” by
the words “official delegate”.

318 Replace the words “A candidate” by the
words “The official delegate of each national
committee”.

319 Replace the words “candidate or his mandatary”
by the words “official delegate”.

320 Strike out the words “in accordance with the model
provided in Schedule III and” in the first paragraph.

321
to
323

324 Replace the section by the following section:

“324. The ballot paper must contain on the obverse
a space specially reserved for the wording of the
question.”

325
to
327

328 Replace the word “candidates” in the second
paragraph by the words “national committees”.

329
to
333

334 Replace the words “candidates and their mandataries”
by the words “chairmen of national committees and
their official delegates”.

335
to
341

342 Replace the word “candidate” by the words
“national committee”.

343
to
347

348 Replace the words “then indicate to him the order in
which the candidates appear on the ballot paper and
the indications entered under their names, where such
is the case” by the words “read the question and
indicate to him the order in which the options appear
on the ballot paper”.

349

350 Replace the word “candidate” in the first paragraph
by the words “national committee”.

Replace the word “election” in subparagraph 8 of the
first paragraph by the word “referendum”, the words
“a candidate” in subparagraph 4 of the first
paragraph by the words “an option” and the word
“election” in subparagraph 5 of the first paragraph
by the word “referendum”.

351

352 Strike out the word “political” in the first
paragraph and replace the words “a party or
candidate” in the first paragraph by the
words “an option submitted to a referendum”.

Replace the words “party or candidate promoted by
the publicity” in the second paragraph by the words
“national committee concerned”.

353
to
355

356 Replace the section by the following section:

“356. No elector may, on the premises of a polling
station, indicate, in any manner, the option in
favour of which he intends to vote or has voted.”

357 Replace the section by the following section:

“357. No official delegate, representative or
election officer may, on the premises of a polling
station, attempt to learn the option in favour of
which an elector intends to vote or has voted.”

358 Replace the section by the following section:

“358. No official delegate, election
officer or elector who has given assistance to
another elector may disclose the option for which
the elector has voted.”

359 Replace the word “whom” by the words
“which option”.

360 Replace the word “candidate” by the words
“official delegate”.

361
to
363

364 Replace the word “candidate” in subparagraph 4
of the second paragraph by the word “option”
and the words “a person who is not a candidate”
in subparagraph 5 of the second paragraph by the words
“an option which is not one of the options
submitted to the referendum”.

365

366 Replace the words “a candidate or the representative
of a candidate” by the words “an official
delegate or his representative”.

366.1

367 Replace the word “candidate” in the first
paragraph by the word “option”.

368 Replace the word “candidate” by the words
“official delegate”.

369

370

371 Replace the words “candidate or his mandatary”
in the first paragraph by the words “official
delegate”.

Replace the words “candidate, mandatary” in the
second paragraph by the words “official delegate”.

372 Replace the word “candidate” in the first
paragraph by the word “option”.

Replace the figure “285” in the second
paragraph by the figure “300”.

373

374

375 Replace the words “declare elected the candidate
who” in the first paragraph by the words
“announce the option which”.

377 Replace the words “declare elected the candidate
who” and the word “candidate” in the
first paragraph by the words “issue a declaration
indicating the option which” and the words
“official delegate”, respectively.

378 Replace the word “election” in the first
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

379 Replace the word “election”
by the word “referendum”.

380 Replace the section by the following section:

“380. The chief electoral officer shall, as soon
as possible, publish a notice in the Gazette officielle
du Québec
indicating, for each electoral division,
the number of votes for each of the options
appearing on the ballot paper.”

381 Replace the word “election” which appears twice
in the first paragraph by the word “referendum”.

401 Replace the section by the following section:

“401. For the purposes of sections 403, 415, 416,
417 and 421, the expression “regulated expenses”
includes expenses referred to in paragraph 10 of
section 404 and the expression “official agent”
includes a private intervenor within the meaning of
Division V if the private intervenor is an elector,
and a representative of a private intervenor if the
private intervenor is a group of electors.”

402 Replace the section by the following section:

“402. The cost of any goods or services used during
the referendum period to promote or oppose, directly
or indirectly, an option submitted to a referendum is
a regulated expense.”

403 Replace the words “an election period” by
the words “a referendum period”, the words
“an election expense” by the words “a
regulated expense” and the words “election
period” by the words “referendum period”.

404 Replace the section by the following section:

“404. The following are not regulated expenses:

(1) the cost of publishing articles, editorials,
news, interviews, columns or letters to the editor in
a newspaper, periodical or other publication,
provided that they are published without payment,
reward or promise of payment or reward, that the
newspaper, periodical or other publication is not
established for the purposes or in view of the
referendum and that the circulation and frequency of
publication are as what obtains outside the
referendum period;

(2) the cost at fair market value of producing,
promoting and distributing a book that was planned to
be put on sale at the prevailing market price
regardless of the issue of the writ;

(3) the cost of broadcasting by a radio or television
station of a program of public affairs, news or
commentary, provided that the program is broadcast
without payment, reward or promise of payment or
reward;

(4) the reasonable expenses incurred by a person, out
of his own money, for meals and lodging while
travelling for referendum purposes, if the expenses
are not reimbursed to him;

(5) the transportation costs of a person, paid out of
his own money, if the costs are not reimbursed to
him;

(5.1) the cost of the food and beverages served at a
political activity where the cost is included in the
entrance fee paid by participants;

(6) the reasonable expenses incurred for the
publication of explanatory commentaries on this Act
and the regulations thereunder, provided the
commentaries are strictly objective and contain no
publicity of such a nature as to favour or oppose an
option submitted to a referendum;

(7) the reasonable ordinary expenses incurred for the
day-to-day operations of not more than two permanent
offices of an authorized party the addresses of which
are entered in the registers of the chief electoral
officer;

(8) interest accrued from the beginning of the
referendum period to the day occurring 90 days after
polling day, on any loan lawfully granted to an
official agent for regulated expenses, unless the
official agent has paid them and declared them as
regulated expenses in his return of regulated expenses;

(9) the expenses incurred for the holding of
meetings, the total of which does not exceed $600
for the entire referendum period, including the
renting of halls and the convening of participants,
provided the meetings are not directly or
indirectly organized on behalf of a national
committee;

(10) the publicity expenses, the total of which
does not exceed $1,000 for the entire referendum
period, incurred by a neutral intervenor authorized
under Division V, without directly promoting or
opposing an option, to advocate abstention or the
spoiling of ballots;

(11) the remuneration paid to a representative referred
to in section 316.

For the purposes of subparagraph 7 of the first
paragraph, the permanent office of an authorized
party is the office where the employees of the party
or of a body associated with it for the purpose of
attaining its objects and recognized by the leader of
the party for such a purpose by a letter addressed to
the chief electoral officer before the seventh day
following the issue of the writ, work on a permanent
basis, outside the referendum period, at ensuring the
dissemination of the party’s political program and
coordinating the political action of the party
members.”

405 Replace the words “election expenses, an authorized
party” in the first paragraph by the words
“regulated expenses, a national committee”.

Replace the second paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“The official agent shall be appointed by the
chairman of the national committee who shall notify
it to the chief electoral officer.”

Replace the words “leader of a party” in the
third paragraph by the words “chairman of the
national committee”.

Replace the words “a party” in the fourth
paragraph by the words “a national committee”.

406 Replace the section by the following section:

“406. Only one official agent is appointed for
each national committee.

However, the official agent may, with the approval of
the chairman of the national committee, appoint the
required number of deputies and, for each electoral
division, a local agent. He shall notify the chief
electoral officer and the returning officer thereof
in writing.

The official agent may authorize them to incur or
authorize regulated expenses up to the amount he
fixes in their deeds of appointment. The amount may
be changed at any time, in writing, by the official
agent before he files his return of regulated
expenses.

Any regulated expense incurred by the deputy of the
official agent or by a local agent is deemed to be
incurred by the official agent up to the amount fixed
in the deed of appointment.

The deputy and the local agent shall provide the
official agent of the national committee with a
detailed statement of expenses incurred or authorized
by them.”

407 Replace the first paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“407. An official agent or local agent may, in
writing, authorize an advertising agency to incur or
order regulated expenses up to the amount he fixes
in the authorization. That amount may be changed, by
the official agent or the local agent, as the case
may be, in writing, at any time before he files his
return of regulated expenses.”

Insert the words “or the local agent, as the case
may be” after the word “agent” in the
second paragraph.

410 Replace the section by the following section:

“410. If the official agent dismisses a local agent,
he shall notify it in writing to the returning
officer. He may appoint another local agent.”

411 Replace the words “an official agent” in the
first paragraph by the words “a local agent”.

Replace the words “an official agent” and the
words “candidate or his mandatary” in the
second paragraph by the words “a local agent”
and the words “official delegate”, respectively.

412 Replace the section by the following section:

“412. No person may act as the official agent of a
national committee, his deputy or a local agent
unless he is qualified to vote.”

413 Replace the section by the following section:

“413. During a referendum period, only the official
agent of a national committee, his deputy or a local
agent may incur or authorize regulated expenses.

However, a non-affiliated elector authorized under
Division V may incur regulated publicity expenses
provided that the total of the expenses for the
entire referendum period does not exceed $1,000.”

414 Replace the section by the following section:

“414. An official agent, his deputy or a local
agent shall pay the cost of regulated expenses only
out of a referendum fund.”

415 Replace the section by the following section:

“415. No goods or services whose cost is wholly or
partly a regulated expense contemplated in section
403 may be used during a referendum period except by
the official agent of a national committee, his
deputy or a local agent, or with his authorization.”

416 Replace the section by the following section:

“416. No person may accept or execute an order for
regulated expenses not given or authorized by the
official agent of a national committee, his deputy,
a local agent or authorized advertising agency.”

417 Replace the words “an election expense”
and “election period” in the first paragraph
by the words “a regulated expense” and
“referendum period”, respectively.

421 Replace the words “an election” in the first
paragraph by the words “a referendum”.

Replace the words “or deputy” in the first,
second and third paragraphs by the words “, deputy
or local agent”.

421.1 Replace the second paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“Where the cost of the writing, object, material,
advertisement or publicity referred to in section
421 exceeds $1,000, the printer, manufacturer,
owner or radio or television broadcaster may only
mention or, as the case may be, indicate as the
person having caused the writing, object, material,
advertisement or publicity to be produced, published
or broadcast the name and title of the official agent
or deputy official agent of a national committee or
of the local agent of the official agent.”

422 Replace the words “the official agents of several
candidates”, the word “official”, and the
word “party” by the words “several local
agents”, the word “local” and the words
“national committee”, respectively.

424 Replace the words “an election expense” in the
first paragraph by the words “a regulated expense”.

425 Replace the first and second paragraphs by the
following paragraphs:

“425. Every person to whom an amount is due for
regulated expenses, other than expenses incurred by
a non-affiliated elector, shall present his claim to
the official agent or the local agent not later than
60 days after polling day. In no case may the
regulated expenses be paid by the official agent or
the local agent if the claim is presented to him
after that period has expired.

Where the official agent or local agent has died or
resigned and has not been replaced, the claim shall
be presented within the same time to the chairman of
the national committee or to the official agent, as
the case may be.”

426 Replace the section by the following section:

“426. Regulated expenses shall be limited so as
never to exceed for a national committee, during one
referendum, $1 per elector for all the electoral
divisions.

However, the national committee that represents the
option for which the fewest non-affiliated electors
have been authorized under section 457.6 to incur
regulated expenses may spend an additional amount to
50% of the difference between the expenses that
authorized non-affiliated electors favourable to one
option may incur and the expenses that may be
incurred by those favourable to the other option.

The amount is established by the chief electoral
officer who shall draw up a certificate and transmit
a copy to the chairman and the official agent of
each national committee not later than the tenth day
preceding polling day.”

427 Replace the section by the following section:

“427. For the purposes of section 426, the number
of electors is the greater of the number of electors
whose names are entered on the list of electors
produced upon the issue of a writ instituting a
referendum and the number of electors whose names
are entered on the list following revision.

The number is established by the chief electoral
officer who shall draw up a certificate thereof and
send a copy of the certificate to the chairman and
the official agent of each national committee.”

429 Replace the word “election” in the first
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

Strike out the second paragraph.

429.1 Replace the word “election” by the word
“referendum”.

430

431

434 Replace the first paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“434. The official agent of each national committee
and, through him, each local agent he has appointed
shall, within 90 days after polling day, deliver to
the chief electoral officer a return of the regulated
expenses incurred or authorized by them.”

Insert, after the second paragraph, the following
paragraph:

“The return must, in addition, indicate the name,
the complete address of the domicile of, and the amount
paid by, each elector whose total contribution to a
national committee exceeds $200.”

435 Replace the word “election” and the words
and figure “sections 432 and” by the word
“regulated” and the word “section”,
respectively.

436 Replace the words “sections 432 and” in the
first paragraph by the word “section”.

Replace the words “leader of the party or to the
candidates if they so request” in the second
paragraph by the words “chairman of the national
committee if he so requests”.

437 Replace the section by the following section:

“437. In addition to regulated expenses, the
official agent and the local agent must indicate in
the returns prescribed in section 434 the source of
the sums paid into the referendum fund put at their
disposal.

They must also indicate

(1) the financial institutions with which the sums
collected by the national committee have been
deposited and the account numbers used;

(2) the total amount of contributions of $200 or
less;

(3) the total amount of contributions of over $200;

(4) the total of the amounts transferred or loaned by
the official representative of an authorized party.”

438 Replace the words and figure “sections 432 and”
in the first paragraph by the word “section”.

Replace the word “election” in the second
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

439

440 Replace the second paragraph by the following
paragraph:

“If the claim is not contested by the official agent,
he shall forward to the chief electoral officer the
necessary additional sum, out of his referendum fund,
to enable him to discharge the claim.”

441 Replace the section by the following section:

“441. On filing the return prescribed by section
434, the official agent of a national committee shall
keep the remaining sums or goods in his referendum
fund.

The sums and goods may be used only for political,
religious, scientific or charitable purposes.”

443 Replace the words “the candidate or party leader”
in the second paragraph by the words “the chairman or
official agent of the national committee”.

444 Replace the words “a candidate or party leader”
by the words “the chairman or official agent of a
national committee”.

Strike out the figure and word “432 or”.

445 Replace the section by the following section:

“445. Before filing the return and declaration
prescribed in section 434, an official agent and a
local agent must have discharged all the claims
received within the period prescribed in section 425
unless they contest them and indicate them as
contested.

In no case may the official agent, the local agent or
the national committee pay a claim so contested.
Only the official agent may pay the claim in
execution of a judgment of a competent tribunal in
favour of the creditor after the hearing of the case
and not upon an acquiescence in the demand or an
agreement of settlement.

The chief electoral officer may, if no national
committee objects, authorize the official agent of a
national committee to pay a contested claim if the
refusal or failure to pay results from bona fide
error.”

446 Insert the words “or local agent” after
the word “agent”.

447 Replace the word “representative” and the
words “return of election expenses” by the
word “agent” and the words “returns of
regulated expenses”, respectively.

448 Replace the section by the following section:

“448. The judge having jurisdiction to decide an
application under sections 443 to 446 is the chief
judge of the Court of Québec.

No application under the first paragraph may be
heard without a notice of at least three clear days
to the chief electoral officer and to the chairman
of each national committee.”

457.2 Replace the section by the following section:

“457.2. Only an elector or a group not endowed
with legal personality and composed in the majority of
natural persons who are qualified electors may apply
for authorization as a neutral intervenor.

Only an elector who cannot join a national committee
may apply for authorization as a non-affiliated
elector.

Neutral intervenors and non-affiliated electors are
private intervenors.”

457.3 Replace subparagraphs 3 to 6 of the first paragraph
by the following subparagraphs:

(3) in the case of a neutral intervenor, state
briefly the purpose of the application and declare
that he does not intend to directly promote or
oppose either option;

(4) in the case of a non-affiliated elector,
indicate which option he intends to promote and
state briefly why he cannot join a national
committee;

(5) declare that he is not associated with and has
not contributed to either national committee;

(6) declare that he is not acting directly or
indirectly on behalf of either national committee;”.

Insert, at the beginning of subparagraph 7 of the
first paragraph, the following: “in the case of a
neutral intervenor,”.

457.4 Replace the words “any candidate or party” at
the end of subparagraph 5 of the first paragraph by the
words “either option”.

Replace subparagraph 6 of the first paragraph by the
following subparagraph:

“(6) state briefly the purpose of the application,”.

Replace the words “any candidate or party” at
the end of subparagraph 7 of the first paragraph by the
words “either national committee”.

Replace the words “a member of any party” at
the end of subparagraph 8 of the first paragraph by the
words “associated with and has not contributed to
either national committee”.

457.5

457.6

457.7 Replace the word “election” in the first
paragraph by the word “referendum”.

Replace the words “a candidate” in the second
paragraph by the words “an official delegate”.

457.8 Replace the section by the following section:

“457.8. Not later than the tenth day preceding
polling day, the returning officer shall transmit
to the national committees and to each official
delegate a list of the authorizations which have
been granted.

The list shall indicate the name of each private
intervenor, the name of the private intervenor’s
representative, if any, and the number and date of
the authorization. The list shall also indicate
whether the private intervenor is a neutral
intervenor or a non-affiliated elector and, in
the latter case, the option that the non-affiliated
elector intends to promote.”

457.9 Replace the words “an election” in the first
paragraph by the words “a referendum”.

457.10

457.11

457.12 Replace the section by the following section:

“457.12. A private intervenor who is an elector or
the representative of a private intervenor may not
join or contribute to a national committee during the
referendum period.”

457.13 Replace the section by the following section:

“457.13. A neutral intervenor may not incur
expenses that are not related to the purpose stated
in the application for authorization or that
directly promote or oppose either option.

A non-affiliated elector may not incur expenses that
do not promote the option indicated in the
application for authorization.”

457.14
to
457.16

457.17 Replace the figure “$25” in the
first paragraph by the figure “$60”.

457.18
to
457.20

457.21 Replace the words “a judge of the Court of
Québec” in the first paragraph by the words
“the Conseil du référendum”.

Replace the word “court” in the third
paragraph and the word “judge” in the
last paragraph by the word “council”.

485 Strike out the second, third and fourth paragraphs.

486

487 Replace the section by the following section:

“487. In respect of the financing of national
committees and the control of regulated expenses, he
shall, in particular,

(1) verify that the national committees, official
agents and their deputies and local agents are
complying with the provisions of the Act;

(2) receive and examine the return of regulated
expenses;

(3) inquire into the legality of contributions and
regulated expenses.”

488 Replace the words “political parties” in
paragraph 4 by the words “national committees”.

Replace, in paragraph 5, the words “political party”
by the words “national committee”, the word
“candidates” by the word “committees”
and the word “parties” by the words “national
committees”.

488.1 Replace the words “an election” in the first line
of the third paragraph by the words “a referendum”.

Replace the words “this Act” in the first
line of the third paragraph by the words “the
Referendum Act (chapter C-64.1)”.

Replace the word “election” in the last line
of the third paragraph by the word “referendum”.

489.1 Replace the words “authorized parties represented in
the National Assembly” by the words “national
committees” and strike out the words “, the
filing of nomination papers”.

490 Replace the words “election period or during an
enumeration or revision period” in the first
paragraph by the words “referendum period”.

Replace “authorized parties represented in the National
Assembly” by “national committees” and
“other authorized parties, the candidates” by
“official delegates”;

Strike out the words “or the end of the enumeration
or revision” in the third paragraph.

491
to
494

496 Strike out the first paragraph.

In the second paragraph, change in French; no change
necessary in English.

497

498

512

551
to
551.4

553 Replace the word “candidate” in paragraph 3
by the words “national committee”.

553.1 Replace the word “election” in paragraph 1
by the word “referendum”.

554 Replace the word “election” in paragraph 2
by the word “referendum”.

Strike out the words “of election”
in paragraph 3.

555

556 Strike out paragraph 4.

556.1 Replace the words “an election” in paragraphs
1 and 2 by the words “a referendum”.

557 Replace the word “election” by
the word “referendum”.

558 Replace the words “every candidate or every person
who later becomes a candidate” in subparagraph 1 of
the first paragraph by the words “every official
delegate”.

Replace the words “a candidate” in subparagraph
2 of the first paragraph by the words “an option”.

Replace the word “election” in subparagraph 1 of
the second paragraph by the word “regulated”.

Replace the words “the election of a candidate at
an election” in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the second
paragraph by the words “an option submitted at a
referendum”.

559 Insert, after the word “agent”, the words
“or any local agent”.

Replace the word “election” in paragraph 1
by the word “regulated”.

559.1 Replace the words “an election” in paragraph
1 by the words “a regulated”.

560 Replace the words “candidate or party leader” by
the words “chairman or official delegate of a national
committee” and the word “election” by
the word “regulated”.

563 Replace the section by the following section:

“563. Every person who fails to file a report or
return of regulated expenses or the report referred
to in section 457.18 is liable to a fine of $50 for
each day of delay.”

564 Replace the first paragraph by the following paragraph :

“564. Every person who contravenes any of sections 66,
87, 90 to 93, 95 to 97, 99, 100, 104, 105, 410, 413 to 417,
421, 421.1, 422, 424, 429, 429.1, 457.9 and 457.11 to
457.17 is liable to a fine of $500 to $10,000.”

565

566

567 Strike out the following in the first paragraph: “,
in paragraph 4 of section 556”.

Replace the word “election” in the second paragraph
by the word “regulated” and insert after the word
“agent” the words “or the local agent”.

568 Strike out the second paragraph.

568.1

569 Replace the words “Such proceedings” in the second
paragraph by the words “Proceedings are instituted
before the Court of Québec. They”.

570 Replace the words “an election” in the first
paragraph by the words “a referendum”.

571
to
573

SCHEDULE II

Strike out “, 481, 499, 509, 529, 534”.

Replace “Election Act (chapter E-3.3)”
by “Referendum Act (chapter C-64.1)”.
1978, c. 6, Appendix 2; 1980, c. 6, ss. 1-19; 1979, c. 71, s. 170; 1981, c. 4, ss. 18-23; 1982, c. 31, ss. 108-117; 1982, c. 58, s. 24; 1982, c. 54, ss. 50-51; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1983, c. 54, ss. 32-33; 1984, c. 51, s. 547, s. 561; 1985, c. 30, s. 33, s. 34, s. 145; 1987, c. 68, s. 69; 1988, c. 21, s. 66; 1989, c. 1, s. 595; 1990, c. 4, s. 967; 1992, c. 38, s. 93; 1995, c. 23, s. 56; 1997, c. 8, s. 22; 1998, c. 52, s. 94; 1999, c. 15, s. 30; 1998, c. 52, s. 94; 1999, c. 40, s. 87; 2001, c. 2, s. 56; 2001, c. 72, s. 33.
REPEAL SCHEDULE

In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), chapter 6 of the statutes of 1978, in force on 1 June 1979, is repealed effective from the coming into force of chapter C-64.1 of the Revised Statutes.