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The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Receives Notice of
Vacancy in House of Commons for Saint-Laurent

Gatineau, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

  • The Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Stéphane Perrault, received on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the warrant from the Speaker of the House of Commons indicating that the seat for Saint-Laurent (Quebec) is vacant.
  • At least 11 days and no more than 180 days must pass after the receipt of a warrant by the Chief Electoral Officer before a by-election is called, in accordance with subsection 31(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.
  • Pursuant to subsection 57(3) of the Canada Elections Act, the election must be held on a Monday. Since the date of the election must be at least 36 days after the issue of the writ, the earliest that the by-election in Saint-Laurent can be held is on March 27, 2017.

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