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Performance Report – For the period ending March 31, 2012

Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees
On June 10, 2010, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada submitted a report to Parliament entitled Responding to Changing Needs Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the 40th General Election.

The Chief Electoral Officer appeared before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs on October 7, 2010, and October 6, 2011, to discuss his recommendations. Technical experts from Elections Canada also appeared numerous times before the Committee to assist with the study of the recommendations.

On February 27, 2012, the Committee presented its report Response to the Chief Electoral Officer's Recommendations for Legislative Reforms Following the 40th General Election to the House of Commons.

One of the recommendations in the June 2010 report was that the Chief Electoral Officer have the authority to "conduct pilot projects during by-elections or general elections, notwithstanding any contrary provision in the Act. Any pilot project would receive the prior consent of the House of Commons committee that considers electoral matters." In response, the Committee agreed with the recommendation and added the proviso that "it will be required to give prior approval before any pilot projects are conducted."

The Chief Electoral Officer agrees with the Committee's recommendation and will seek prior approval from the House and Senate committees responsible for electoral matters before conducting any pilot project.