32.1. Before refusing to renew, suspending, cancelling or revoking a permit, licence, authorization or registration, imposing conditions for its use, confiscating security or making an order, the board shall, unless otherwise provided by law, summon the person concerned to appear at a hearing. To that end, the board shall send a notice of hearing to the person concerned, setting out the reasons for the summons and the possible consequences provided by law. A copy of the relevant documents upon which the notice is based must be attached to the notice. In addition, the board must grant the person at least 20 days before the hearing is held or, if the person decides not to exercise the right to be heard, to present observations in writing.
The notice shall state, in addition to the date, time and place of the hearing, that the person has the right to be represented by an advocate and that the board has the authority to proceed without further delay or notice, despite a failure to appear at the time and place fixed for the hearing or to present observations, if no valid excuse is provided.
For the purposes of this section, a commissioner is not authorized to act within the scope of an inquiry or the decision to call the person concerned to a hearing.
1997, c. 51, s. 57; 1997, c. 79, s. 49; 1999, c. 20, s. 5; 2001, c. 77, s. 1.