Draft by-law concerning electoral districts

Object of draft by-law
 
Following the renewal of sections 4 to 13 of order in council 645-2005 of June 23, 2005 by section 149 of the Act to amend various municipal related legislative provisions concerning such matters as political financing (2016, chapter 17) and the amendments made to the order in council by sections 24 and 25 of the Act to amend various legislative provisions concerning Montréal (2008, chapter 19), the territory of Montréal, including its 19 boroughs, remains divided into 58 electoral districts for the purposes of the general election of November 5, 2017, and for any other general election or by-election.
 
The object of the draft by-law is to ensure that each electoral district of each borough is delimited in accordance with the criteria in the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (CQLR, chapter E-2.2). The criteria serve to maintain a balance as to the number of electors in each electoral district and as to their socio-economic homogeneity.
 
Alteration of the delimitation of certain electoral districts

To be in accordance with the law, the delimitation of certain electoral districts, established for the general election of November 3, 2013, had to be altered for the general election of November 5, 2017. That was the case for the electoral districts of Côte-des-Neiges and Snowdon in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, as well as for the electoral districts of Saint-Henri–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Sainte-Charles and Saint-Paul–Émard (renamed Saint-Paul–Émard–Saint-Henri-Ouest) in Le Sud-Ouest borough. The delimitation of other electoral districts remains the same as the one for the general election of November 3, 2013.
 
The city clerk has already published, in the Thursday, October 27 edition, a public notice as an insert informing electors of Montréal of the contents of this draft by-law (description of the proposed limits of the electoral districts and map of each borough), of their respective right of objection and of the procedure to be followed.
 
In view of the adoption by city council of the amendments to the draft by-law concerning the limits of the Côte-des-Neiges and Snowdon electoral districts in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, and of the new name of the Saint-Henri–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Sainte-Charles (Saint-Henri-Est–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Sainte-Charles–Griffintown) electoral district in Le Sud-Ouest borough, a new public notice is required, giving rise to a second right of objection procedure, described below, as provided for by law.   
 
Delimitation of the 58 electoral districts for the general election of November 5, 2017
 
The delimitation, the designation and the number of electors in each electoral district, in each borough, for the general election, are as follows:
 
 
Right of objection
 
In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (CQLR, chapter E -2.2), any elector may, within 15 days of the publication of this notice, file an objection, in writing, to the draft by-law.
 
To be valid, every objection must:

  • be filed by a person qualified to vote in Montréal:
 
o be entered on the permanent list of electors drawn up by the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) as a domiciled person,  or
 
o be entered on the list of electors of Montréal as the owner of an immovable or as the occupant of a business establishment
 
  • bear the last name and first name, and home address of the person filing the objection. A non-domiciled objector must state his qualification and address as elector, and provide an attestation of identity.
 
  • be dated and signed.
 
  • be filed in writing with the city clerk, no later than December 13, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
 
Transmission of objections
 
An objection may be filed within the prescribed period, by mail, by fax, by e‑mail or in person at the Service du greffe.
 
By mail or in person at the Service du greffe
Me Yves Saindon
City Clerk and Returning Officer
275, rue Notre-Dame Est, R-134
Montréal QC  H2Y 1C6
 
514 872-5655 (fax)
 
 
Public meeting
 
In accordance with section 18 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (CQLR, chapter E-2.2), if the number of valid objections received within the prescribed period is 500 or more, the city council will hold a public meeting to hear the persons present with respect to the draft by-law. In such cases, a notice containing the relevant information will have been published.