Proposed Boundaries – New Brunswick



Part IV – Rules

The following rules will apply to public hearings:

  1. These rules may be cited as "The Rules of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for New Brunswick".

  2. 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 Act, setting forth the times and places when the sittings shall be held for the hearing of representations;
    • (c) "Commission" means the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of New Brunswick established by proclamation dated February 21, 2012;
    • (d) "notice" means a written expression of intention to make a representation in compliance with subsection 19(5) of the Act;
    • (e) "map" means the map published with the advertisement showing the proposed division of the province into federal electoral districts;
    • (f) "representation" means any expression of opinion presented by any interested person at a duly convened sitting of the Commission relating to the division of the province into electoral districts 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 purpose set out in section 19 of the Act.


  3. A person giving notice shall state therein at which of the places designated in the advertisement such person wishes to make the representation.

  4. If a person giving notice fails to comply with the provision of Rule 3, the Secretary shall ascertain from such person the place at which the person wishes to appear to make a representation.

  5. Rules 3 and 4 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 that the Commission set out in the advertisement, subject only to the power of the Commission pursuant to Rule 6 to cancel a sitting at that place.

  6. If it appears that no one will make a representation at any place designated by the advertisement as a place of sitting, the Commission, or the Chairperson thereof, may cancel the sitting at such place.

  7. If a quorum cannot be present at a place of sitting on the date set by the advertisement, the Commission, or the Chairperson thereof, may postpone that sitting to a later date.

  8. The Secretary shall inform any person who has given notice, but has not been heard, of such cancellation or postponement. Public notice shall also be given by the Chairperson or the Commission by such means as they consider adequate.

  9. Two members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the holding of a sitting.

  10. When the hearing of a representation cannot be completed within the time allotted, the Commission may adjourn the sitting to a later date.

  11. The Commission shall have the power to waive any requirement that the Commission deems to be a defect in form and not in substance.

  12. Any person wishing to make a representation to the Commission shall advise the Secretary in writing of the language of preference to be used and accommodation needs they may have.

Dated at Fredericton, New Brunswick, this 16th day of June, 2012.

Mr. Justice Alexandre Deschênes
Commission Chairperson
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of New Brunswick

Mr. Justice Thomas Riordon
Commission Member
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of New Brunswick

Dr. Patrick N. Malcolmson
Commission Member
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of New Brunswick





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