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The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Receives Notice of
Vacancy in House of Commons for Markham—Thornhill

Gatineau, Monday, February 6, 2017

  • The Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Stéphane Perrault, received on Monday, February 6, 2017, the warrant from the Speaker of the House of Commons indicating that the seat for Markham–Thornhill (Ontario) is vacant.
  • At least 11 days and no more than 180 days must pass after the receipt of a warrant by the Chief Electoral Officer before a by-election is called, in accordance with subsection 31(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.
  • Pursuant to subsection 57(3) of the Canada Elections Act, the election must be held on a Monday. Since the date of the election must be at least 36 days after the issue of the writ, the earliest that the by-election in Markham—Thornhill can be held is on March 27, 2017.

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