142. The Minister may order the consultation of the qualified voters of the area to be annexed.
Where the area to be annexed is situated within the territory of more than one local municipality, the Minister may order a consultation in only one of such municipalities. The qualified voters, for the purposes of the consultation, are the qualified voters of that part of the area to be annexed which is situated within the territory of the said municipality.
The consultation shall be made by way of a referendum poll conducted in accordance with the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (chapter E-2.2).
The referendum poll shall be held on the date fixed by the Minister.
The statement of the final results of the poll shall be transmitted to the Minister as soon as possible.
All expenses incurred for or by reason of the consultation shall be paid by the annexing municipality.