GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 20, 2019 /CNW/ -
- On Thursday, August 15, 2019 the Chief Electoral Officer, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from the Speaker of the House of Commons that the seat for Calgary Forest Lawn (Alberta) is vacant.
- This vacancy occurred less than nine months before a fixed-date general election. Therefore, no by-election will be held for Calgary Forest Lawn before the general election date, which was fixed under the Canada Elections Act for October 21, 2019.
- The Elections Modernization Act received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. It includes an amendment to the Parliament of Canada Act that prohibits by-elections for vacancies that occur less than nine months before a fixed-date general election. That amendment, along with a number of others, came into force on January 19, 2019, via a notice by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the Canada Gazette.
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