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Amendments to the Canada Elections Act

An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (formerly Bill C-16) received royal assent on May 3, 2007. Bill C-16 introduced the following amendments to the Canada Elections Act:

  • Subject to an earlier dissolution of Parliament, a general election must be held on the third Monday in October in the fourth calendar year following a previous general election, with the first general election to be held on Monday, October 19, 2009.

  • The Chief Electoral Officer may recommend an alternate day if the day set for polling is not suitable.

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