Proposed Boundaries – Nova Scotia
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia makes the following rules under and by virtue of section 18 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-3.
- These rules may be cited as the "Rules of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia, 2012".
- In these rules:
- (a) "Act" means the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-3;
- (b) "advertisement" means a notice or notices published as directed in subsection 19(2) of the said Act setting forth the places and the times when the sittings shall be held for the hearing of representations;
- (c) "chairperson" includes the deputy chairperson;
- (d) "Commission" means the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia established by proclamation of February 21, 2012;
- (e) "notice" means a written expression of intention to make a representation in compliance with subsection 19(5) of the Act ("within 23 days after the date of the publication of the [...] advertisement");
- (f) "representation" means any expression of opinion presented at a duly convened sitting of the Commission relating to the division of the Province of Nova Scotia into electoral districts and the names and boundaries of each such electoral district, as proposed by the Commission;
- (g) "Secretary" means the Secretary to the Commission;
- (h) "sitting" means a public hearing convened by the Commission in accordance with and for the purposes set out in section 19 of the Act.
- Unless the Commission decides otherwise, only one person or a designated spokesperson shall be heard in the presentation of a representation at a sitting.
- A person giving notice shall state therein at which of the places designated in the advertisement such person wishes to make a representation, the official language in which it is to be made, and accommodation needs they may have.
- If a person giving notice fails to comply with the provisions of Rule 4, the Secretary shall ascertain from such person the place at which such person wishes to appear to make a representation and the official language in which it is to be made.
- Rules 4 and 5 are made for administrative purposes only and do not operate to prevent a person who has given notice from making the representation at any place of sitting of the Commission set out in the advertisement, subject only to the power of the Commission, pursuant to Rule 7, to cancel a sitting at any place if it appears that no one will make a representation at the sitting at that place.
- If it appears to the Commission that no one will make a representation at any place designated by the advertisement as a place of sitting, the Commission may cancel the sitting at such place.
- Two members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the holding of a sitting.
- If a quorum cannot be present at a sitting, the Commission may provide for the hearing of representations by one member of the Commission pursuant to section 18 of the Act, or may postpone the sitting to a later date.
- The Secretary shall inform any person who has given notice, but has not been heard, of a postponement. Public advertisement of a postponement may also be given by the chairperson or the Commission by such means as the chairperson or it considers adequate.
- When the hearing of a representation cannot be completed within the time allotted, the Commission may adjourn the sitting to a later date at the same or another place.
- The Commission will consider any written submissions received in the Commission Office prior to September 30, 2012. The Commission will make public any such submissions at its office at 1801 Hollis Street, Suite 520, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3N4.
- The Commission shall have the power to waive any procedural requirement where the Commission deems there to be a defect in form and not in substance.
Dated at Halifax, this 7th day of June, 2012.
Justice Allan P. Boudreau
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission
for the Province of Nova Scotia