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1st Session, 40th Legislature

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Bill 33

THE ELECTION FINANCING ACT AND ELECTIONS AMENDMENT ACT


Explanatory Note Bilingual version (PDF)

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Election Financing Act

1           The Election Financing Act set out in Schedule A is hereby enacted.

Elections Amendment Act

2           The Elections Amendment Act set out in Schedule B is hereby enacted.

Coming into force

3(1)        Subject to subsection (2), this Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Coming into force of Schedules

3(2)        The Schedules to this Act come into force as provided in the coming into force section at the end of each Schedule.


SCHEDULE A

THE ELECTION FINANCING ACT


SCHEDULE B

THE ELECTIONS AMENDMENT ACT

C.C.S.M. c. E30 amended

1           The Elections Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after subsection 49.1(2):

Postponing fixed date election

49.1(3)     Despite clause (2)(b), if the election period for a general election to be held in October under that clause will, as of January 1 of the year of the election, overlap with the election period for a general election to be held under subsection 56.1(2) or section 56.2 of the Canada Elections Act, the general election must be held instead on the third Tuesday of April in the next calendar year.

3(1)        Within one year after this section comes into force, the chief electoral officer must

(a) examine whether a permanent voters list should be established for the purposes of The Elections Act and, if so, how the list should be created and what methods should be used to keep it as complete and up-to-date as possible, and

(b) after consulting with the advisory committee under section 200 of the Act, make a report to the Speaker about the matter, which may include recommendations for amendments to the Act.

3(2)        The Speaker may extend the reporting period in subsection (1).

Coming into force

4           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

Schedule A — The Election Financing Act

This Schedule replaces the current Elections Finances Act, and is written and organized to make the Act clearer and easier to understand. It deals with the financing of registered political parties and candidates in relation to provincial elections.

Minor changes have been made throughout the Act to update the law.

In addition, a change has been made in Part 11, which deals with the annual allowance for registered parties. Instead of a formula set out in legislation, the allowance will be determined by a new commissioner.

Schedule B — The Elections Amendment Act

This Schedule makes the following amendments to The Elections Act.

  • If a fixed date election scheduled for October will conflict with a federal fixed date election, Manitoba's election is postponed to the following spring.
  • Within a year after royal assent, the Chief Electoral Officer must examine whether a permanent voters list should be established for The Elections Act, and make a report to the Speaker.