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The Referendum Act

S.M. 2019, c. 7

Bill 8, 4th Session, 41st Legislature

The Referendum Act

INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
1 (1) Definitions
(2) When is a referendum held concurrently with a general election?
(3) Definitions in election laws apply
(4) "Act" includes regulations
REFERENDUMS
2 (1) Required referendum
(2) Optional referendum
3 Effect of referendum
THE QUESTION
4 (1) Question to be approved by Assembly
(2) Wording for referendum question
(3) Proposed question referred to Standing Committee
(4) Referring question when Assembly not sitting
(5 Standing Committee to complete its work within 30 days
(6) Reporting to Assembly
(7) Motion to approve question
CALLING A REFERENDUM
5 (1) Order calling a referendum
(2) Timing of referendum
(3) No by-election during a referendum
CONDUCTING A REFERENDUM
Official Committees
6 (1) Reasons to become an official committee
(2) Who is not eligible to be an official committee
7 (1) Registration precondition to recognition
(2) How to register
(3) Application
(4) Registration
(5) Effect of registration
8 (1) How to apply to be an official committee
(2) Content of application
(3) Recognition of official committee
(4) Limit on number of official committees
(5) Effect when not recognized
(6) Actions by CEO
9 (1) What an official committee cannot do
(2) What an official committee must do
10 (1) Regulations
(2) Consistency with Election Financing Act
PARTICIPATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES,
CANDIDATES AND THIRD PARTIES
Political Parties
11 (1) Political parties
(2) Limits on expenses and advertising for concurrent referendum
(3) Limits on expenses and advertising for stand-alone referendum
(4) Regulations
(5) Consistency with other election laws
Candidates and Constituency Associations
12 (1) Limits on expenses and advertising for concurrent referendum
(2) Third party rules apply to constituency association in stand-alone referendum
Third Parties
13 (1) When registration is required
(2) Who need not register
(3) Applicants previously registered
14 Third party spending limit
15 (1) Regulations
(2) Consistency of regulations
RESTRICTIONS ON GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING
16 (1) Government advertising restricted
(2) Exceptions
(3) Complaints
VOTING
17 Entitlement to vote
18 Election officials
19 (1) Results to be announced by CEO
(2) CEO to notify the Speaker
APPLICATION OF ELECTION LAWS AND CEO DIRECTIONS
20 Regulations re application of election laws
21 (1) Matters not provided for
(2) Notice of directions
OFFENCES
22 (1) Offences re contraventions of this Act
(2) Other offences
(3) False statement
23 Penalties
OTHER MATTERS
24 Confidentiality
25 Referendum costs paid out of Consolidated Fund
REGULATIONS
26 Regulations
CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS
27 Consequential amendment, C.C.S.M. c. F84
28 Consequential amendment, C.C.S.M. c. H190
29 Consequential amendment, C.C.S.M. c. P215
30 C.C.S.M. reference
31 Coming into force