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Performance Report – For the period ending March 31, 2012

New Legislation

Legislation introduced before the dissolution of Parliament on March 26, 2011, and before the May 2, 2011, general election died on the Order Paper. Two of the bills before the House at dissolution were reintroduced in the first session of the 41st Parliament. They, as well as certain private member's bills, could have an impact on our business.

Bill Details and Impact
C-20 An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867, the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act and the Canada Elections Act This bill was introduced in the House of Commons on June 2, 2011, and received royal assent on December 16, 2011. The Act amends the rules in the Constitution Act, 1867 for readjusting the number of members of the House of Commons and the representation of the provinces in that House. It amends the time periods in several provisions of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act and requires that electronic versions of maps be provided to registered parties. It also amends the Canada Elections Act to permit returning officers to be appointed for a new term of office in certain circumstances, such as when a returning officer position is vacant because the boundaries of the electoral district have been revised.
C-21 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act This bill was introduced in the House of Commons on November 2, 2011. It would amend the Canada Elections Act to enact rules concerning loans, guarantees and suretyships with respect to registered parties, registered associations, candidates, leadership contestants and nomination contestants. It has not yet received second reading.
Private member's bills Three private member's bills also propose amendments to the Canada Elections Act: Bill C-368, dealing with voting age; Bill C-355, dealing with voting hours; and Bill C-424, dealing with the contestation of elections. Another private member's bill (C-396) would amend the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act to ensure that Northern Ontario maintains a minimum of 10 electoral districts. Three other private member's bills (C-209, C-226 and C-332) propose changes to the names of electoral districts.