Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm going to talk about this provision, the issues and the amendments. Some people have said they're afraid that, as a result of this change, residents of an electoral district where the House of Commons seat is vacant may wind up without a representative for a period of up to 16 months before a general election. The proposal here is to amend this provision so that no election to fill a vacancy in the House of Commons may be held less than nine months before a fixed-date general election.
Ultimately, there would be no by-election less than nine months before a general election. Consequently, a seat could be vacant for a maximum of nine months.