Proposed Boundaries – Saskatchewan

Rules

1. These rules may be cited as "The Rules of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan, 2012".

2. In these rules:

(a) "Act" means the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-3;

(b) "advertisement" means the advertisement published by the Commission pursuant to subsection 19(2) of the Act;

(c) "Commission" means the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Saskatchewan established following the 2011 decennial census;

(d) "notice of intention to make a representation" means notice in writing given to the Secretary pursuant to subsection 19(5) of the Act;

(e) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Commission;

(f) "sitting" means a sitting held for the hearing of representations in accordance with section 19 of the Act.

3. Only one person shall be heard in the presentation of any single representation at a sitting unless the Commission, in its discretion, decides otherwise.

4. A person giving notice of intention to make a representation shall state in the notice at which of the places, named in the advertisement as a place of sitting, she or he wishes the representation to be heard. Such person may elect to make her or his submission in writing only, provided that such election is made in writing and delivered to the Secretary within the time limit for giving notice of intention to make a representation. The written submission must be delivered to the Secretary at the time of making such election or within 30 days thereafter.

5. If a person giving notice of intention to make a representation fails to comply with the provisions of Rule 4, the Secretary shall forthwith ascertain from such person the place at which she or he wishes to make the representation.

6. 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, or the Chair of the Commission, may cancel the sitting at such place.

7. Two members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the holding of a sitting to hear representations.

8. If a quorum cannot be present at a place of sitting on the date set out in the advertisement, the Commission, or the Chair of the Commission, may postpone that sitting to a later date.

9. (a) In the event of the cancellation of a sitting for reasons other than that set forth in Rule 6 or in the event of the postponement of a sitting, the Secretary shall forthwith notify any person who has given notice of intention to make a representation that the sitting has been cancelled or postponed. In such an event, the Secretary shall advise such person at which other sitting the person may make her or his representation.

(b) In the event of the cancellation or postponement of a sitting, the Commission, or the Chair of the Commission, shall give public notice of such postponement or cancellation by such means as the Commission, or the Chair of the Commission, considers adequate in the circumstances.

10. If it appears at a sitting of the Commission that the Commission cannot complete hearing representations within the time allowed for the sitting, the Commission may adjourn the sitting to a later date at the same place or may, taking into account the convenience of persons whose representations have not been heard or have been only partly heard, adjourn the sitting to a sitting of the Commission elsewhere.

11. Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, a person who has given notice of intention to make a representation and who has indicated a desire to be heard at one of the places specified in the advertisement may, with the consent of the Commission, or the Chair of the Commission, be heard at any other sitting specified in the advertisement.

12. At each sitting the Commission shall decide the order in which representations are heard.

Dated at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this 25th day of May, 2012.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Ronald Mills
Chair
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission
for the Province of Saskatchewan





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