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A by-election will take place in Lac-Saint-Jean

Gatineau, Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Acting Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from the Speaker of the House of Commons that the seat for Lac-Saint-Jean (Quebec) is vacant. A by-election will take place to fill the vacant seat.
  • The date of the by-election must be announced between Sunday, August 20, 2017 and Monday, February 5, 2018. This announcement signals the start of the by-election period.
  • The by-election period must last at least 36 days, and the by-election must be held on a Monday. Therefore, the earliest date that the Lac-Saint-Jean by-election can be held is Monday September 25, 2017.
  • The Canada Elections Act does not prescribe a maximum length of time for a by-election period.
  • See a list of all vacant seats in the House of Commons since the 2015 general election.

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