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Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the September 17, 2007, By-elections Held in Outremont, Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean and Saint-Hyacinthe–Bagot


Introduction

This report covers Elections Canada's conduct of the by-elections held on September 17, 2007, in Outremont, Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean and Saint-Hyacinthe–Bagot.

According to subsection 534(2) of the Canada Elections Act, a report on by-elections should also include " any matter or event that has arisen or occurred in connection with the administration of the Chief Electoral Officer's office since the last report under this section and that he or she considers should be brought to the attention of the House of Commons ." The year since Elections Canada's last report on by-elections has been eventful, with many changes and proposed changes to electoral law, a variety of internal changes and new initiatives and, given the current minority government, the continuing possibility of a general election.

This report covers matters or events initiated by or affecting Elections Canada since the publication of our last report on March 28, 2007. They are discussed in three sections.