125.5. The Minister may request the Commission municipale du Québec to carry out a study into the advantages and disadvantages of amalgamation as regards certain local municipalities whose territories may be amalgamated.
Such a request may also be made by local municipalities if their number and aggregate population are greater than half of the number and aggregate population of the local municipalities concerned.
The Commission shall transmit a copy of the request to every local municipality concerned, to every regional county municipality in which the territory of such a local municipality is situated and, where the request is made by local municipalities, to the Minister.
No request may be made under the second paragraph where one of the local municipalities concerned has received the writing referred to in section 125.2, or the amalgamation of the territory of one of the municipalities is provided for in a special Act that has not taken effect or in a special bill introduced by the Minister. If one of those circumstances occurs after such a request has been made, the request lapses and is withdrawn from the Commission.
The Commission may refuse to give effect to a manifestly unreasonable request made under the second paragraph.
2000, c. 27, s. 1; 2000, c. 54, s. 98.