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Bill C-63

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His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled ``An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Referendum Act''.


This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act and the Referendum Act to provide for the establishment and updating of a computerized Register of Electors. The Register will be established from information collected by means of an enumeration held outside of an electoral period, at a time decided by the Chief Electoral Officer. The Register will be updated using mainly data from various governmental bodies, through agreements negotiated by the Chief Electoral Officer.

The electoral period is reduced to a minimum of thirty-six days. This reduction is made possible by streamlining the revision process, and by eliminating the enumeration process once the Register is established. The preliminary lists of electors will henceforth be prepared by the Chief Electoral Officer from the information in the Register and will be distributed to each returning officer at the beginning of each electoral period.

The Chief Electoral Officer is empowered to enter into agreements to share information in the Register with provincial authorities, in order to help establish lists of electors for elections or referendums held pursuant to provincial law.