Third Session, Thirty-Seventh Legislature
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THE CANADIAN FORCES PERSONNEL
(AMENDMENTS RELATING TO VOTING RIGHTS AND DRIVING PRIVILEGES) ACT
(Assented to )
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
THE ELECTIONS ACT
The Elections Act is amended by this Part.
Clause 32(1)(c) is replaced with the following:
(c) has either resided in Manitoba for at least six months immediately before polling day or qualifies as a resident under subsection (1.1).
The following is added after subsection 32(1):
A person who leaves Manitoba and intends to return and reside in the province does not cease to be a resident if he or she is absent from Manitoba as
(a) a member of the Canadian Forces; or
(b) a person who lives with such a member.
Place of residence for members of Canadian Forces
A person referred to in subsection (1.1) is deemed to have a place of residence in the electoral division in which he or she resided immediately before leaving Manitoba.
In this section, "member of the Canadian Forces" means
(a) a member of the regular or special force of the Canadian Forces; and
(b) a member of the reserve force of the Canadian Forces on full-time training or service or on active service.
Subsection 35(1) is amended in Rule 3 by striking out "If" and substituting "Except as provided in subsections 32(1.1) and (1.2), if".
Subsection 104(3) is amended
(a) in clause (a), by adding "his or her current or most recent" before "geographic"; and
(b) in clause (e), by adding ", unless the person qualifies as a resident under subsection 32(1.1)" at the end.
THE HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT
The Highway Traffic Act is amended by this Part.
The following is added after section 334:
Definition of "Canadian Forces member"
In this section and in section 334.2, "Canadian Forces member" means
(a) a member of the regular or special force of the Canadian Forces;
(b) a member of the reserve force of the Canadian Forces on full-time training or service or on active service;
(c) the spouse or common-law partner of a member, who is living with the member; and
(d) a dependent child or other dependent of a member, who is living with the member.
This section applies to a person whose driver's licence expires while he or she is absent from Manitoba as a Canadian Forces member.
Merit consideration for Canadian Forces members
If a person referred to in subsection (2) applies for renewal of his or her driver's licence and is issued a new licence, the registrar may, for the purposes of subsection 334(1), treat the person as though he or she held a valid and subsisting driver's licence throughout the person's absence from Manitoba.
Merit and demerit status: Canadian Forces
When a driver's licence is issued under this Act to a Canadian Forces member who previously held a driver's licence issued by the government of a province or territory of Canada or by the Commander, Canadian Forces Europe, the registrar shall, to establish the member's Manitoba merit and demerit status, review his or her out-of-province driving record.
Forces member must provide information
To assist the registrar to establish the member's Manitoba merit and demerit status, the member must provide the registrar with any information or document that the registrar requires.
Forces member may provide additional information
The member may ask the registrar to consider additional information or documents that the member provides.
Information must be acceptable to the registrar
The registrar may refuse to consider any information or document that he or she believes is unreliable or otherwise unacceptable.
Registrar may determine merits and demerits
After reviewing the member's out-of-province driving record, the registrar shall establish the member's Manitoba merit and demerit status by assigning the member the number of merit marks or demerit points that the registrar considers the member would have had if he or she had been licensed in Manitoba throughout the period covered by the information or documentation considered by the registrar.
COMING INTO FORCE
This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.