127. Where the school board does not recognize that the persons wishing to establish a dissentient school board are of a religious minority, Catholic or Protestant, it shall without delay contact the persons entered on its list of electors to verify whether they are Catholic or Protestant or of another religious denomination.
The list of electors is the list which was used at the last general election of commissioners, subject to applications for entry, striking off or correction. The director general shall deposit the latest list of electors at the head office of the school board and give public notice thereof. The provisions of the Act respecting school elections (chapter E-2.3) concerning the revision of the list of electors apply; for that purpose, the director general shall exercise the duties and powers of the returning officer.
In the absence of such a list, the school board shall without delay make an enumeration of its electors, within the meaning of the Act respecting school elections, so as to determine if they are Catholic or Protestant or of another religious denomination.
Persons refusing to respond or who cannot be contacted are deemed not to belong to the religious denomination of those persons wishing to form a dissentient school board.
As soon as the results of the verification or enumeration are known, the school board shall inform the persons wishing to establish a dissentient school board of the results.
Where the school board fails to fulfil all or part of the obligations prescribed in this section, the Minister shall appoint a person to carry out the unfulfilled formalities at the expense of the school board.
1988, c. 84, s. 127; 1989, c. 36, s. 260.