Recall of a Member of Parliament Act

An Act to establish a process to recall members of Parliament

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

Sponsor

Brent Rathgeber  Independent

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of June 17, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

The purpose of this enactment is to allow electors of an electoral district to apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for issuance of a petition for the recall of the member of Parliament who was elected in that electoral district. If the petition is signed by at least 25% of the electors who were eligible to vote in that electoral district at the time the member to be recalled was last elected and who still reside in the district, the seat of the member is declared vacant and a recall election is held on the same basis as a by-election under the Canada Elections Act.

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Recall of a Member of Parliament ActRoutine Proceedings

June 17th, 2015 / 4:35 p.m.
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Independent

Brent Rathgeber Independent Edmonton—St. Albert, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-697, An Act to establish a process to recall members of Parliament.

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise to table a private member's bill, an act to establish a process to recall members of Parliament. This legislation, also to be known as the “recall of a member of Parliament act”, would allow the electors of an electoral district to apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for the issuance of a petition for the recall of their member of Parliament.

Recall legislation would allow electors disappointed with their representative to recall or fire that member. If the petition was signed by at least 25% of the electors who were eligible to vote for that member and still resided in that electoral district, the seat would be declared vacant and a recall election would be held on the same basis as a by-election.

The recalled member could contest the by-election to determine if he still maintained the confidence of his or her constituents. A recall petition could not be issued within 12 months from the member's election or within the 12 months preceding a fixed election date.

For a representative democracy to function, government must be responsible to Parliament and parliamentarians must be accountable to their constituents. Accordingly, I encourage all members to support the recall of a member of Parliament act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)