An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (by-election duration and vacant seat)

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

Sponsor

Scott Simms  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of June 19, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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

This enactment amends

(a) the Canada Elections Act with respect to the duration of a by-election; and

(b) the Parliament of Canada Act with respect to the time limit for the issuance of an election writ

when a vacancy occurs in the House of Commons.

Elsewhere

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Canada Elections ActRoutine Proceedings

June 19th, 2015 / 12:10 p.m.
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Liberal

Scott Simms Liberal Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-702, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (by-election duration and vacant seat).

Mr. Speaker, this is unrelated and I apologize for including it, but I would like to assure the member for Essex that after 10 years I am indeed standing.

Bill C-702 would amend section 57 of the Canada Elections Act in that once the writ for a byelection is officially issued, the maximum length of the campaign period cannot be more than 44 days. The bill would amend section 31 of the Parliament Act requiring that the writ must be issued within 30 days.

I would like to thank my assistant, David Graham, for his tireless work on this bill.

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