1998/99 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 36th Parliament
THIRD READING


The following electronic version is for informational purposes only.
The printed version remains the official version.


Certified correct as passed Third Reading on the 14th day of July, 1999
Ian D. Izard, Law Clerk


HONOURABLE UJJAL DOSANJH
ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR
MULTICULTURALISM, HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMMIGRATION


BILL 96 -- 1999

ELECTORAL DISTRICTS ACT

Contents

Section
1 Number of electoral districts
2 Names of electoral districts
3 Boundaries of electoral districts
4 Area of electoral districts
5 Repeal of former Act
6 - 17 Consequential Amendments
18 Commencement
Schedule 1 -- Names of Electoral Districts
Schedule 2 -- Areas and Boundaries of Electoral Districts


HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Number of electoral districts

1 There are to be 79 electoral districts, with one member of the Legislative Assembly to be elected for each.

Names of electoral districts

2 The names of the electoral districts are those specified in Schedule 1.

Boundaries of electoral districts

3 The boundaries of the electoral districts are those specified in Schedule 2.

Area of electoral districts

4 The area of an electoral district consists of that part of the Province comprised within the boundaries of the electoral district.

Repeal of former Act

5 The Electoral Districts Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 108, is repealed and the electoral districts under that Act are disestablished.


Consequential Amendments

Constitution Act

6 Sections 18 and 19 of the Constitution Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 66, are repealed and the following substituted:

Members represent electoral districts

18 (1) For returning members of the Legislative Assembly, there are to be the number of electoral districts established by the Electoral Districts Act, with the names, boundaries and areas determined in the manner provided for by the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act.

(2) The Legislative Assembly consists of the members elected in the manner provided for by the Election Act.

(3) A member represents the electoral district for which the member was elected.


Election Act

7 Section 1 of the Election Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 106, is amended in the definition of "electoral district" by striking out "section 19" and substituting "section 18".

8 Section 12 (2) (e) is amended by striking out "18 (1)" and substituting "18 (1) or (1.1)".

9 Section 18 is amended

(a) by adding the following subsection:

(1.1) If an enactment establishes a new electoral district but the enactment does not come into force until a future time, the chief electoral officer may appoint a district electoral officer and a deputy district electoral officer for the future electoral district. ,

(b) by repealing subsection (3) and substituting the following:

(3) The term of appointment for a district electoral officer ends

(a) 6 months after general voting day for the first general election called after the appointment, or

(b) when the electoral district is disestablished,

whichever is earlier. , and

(c) by repealing subsection (5) and substituting the following:

(5) The term of appointment for a deputy district electoral officer ends

(a) as specified by the chief electoral officer in the individual's appointment, or

(b) when the electoral district is disestablished,

whichever is earlier.

10 Section 55 (2) is amended by adding the following paragraph:

(b.1) if the nomination deposit is in relation to a nomination under section 57 for an electoral district that is disestablished before an election is held, the nomination deposit is to be returned to the financial agent of the individual for whom it was paid; .

11 Section 57 is amended by adding the following subsections:

(12) If an electoral district is disestablished after nomination documents are filed under this section in relation to the electoral district, the nomination is cancelled.

(13) If an enactment establishes a new electoral district but the enactment does not come into force until a future time, the chief electoral officer may accept nomination documents under this section for the future electoral district.

12 Section 166 (2) is amended by striking out "abolished," and substituting "disestablished,".

13 Section 170 (3) is repealed and the following substituted:

(3) Except in the case of a report for a constituency association that is required because an electoral district is disestablished, a report under subsection (1) (a) or (b) must be audited.

(3.1) In addition to the requirements under subsection (3), the chief electoral officer may require any other report under subsection (1) to be audited.

14 Section 173 (4) is amended by striking out "abolished" wherever it appears and substituting "disestablished".


Electoral Boundaries Commission Act

15 Section 15 (1) of the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 107, is amended by striking out "75".


Interpretation Act

16 Section 29 of the Interpretation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 238, is amended in the definition of "electoral district" by striking out "section 19" and substituting "section 18".


Recall and Initiative Act

17 The Recall and Initiative Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 398, is amended by adding the following section:

Continuation of petition if an electoral district is disestablished or changed

7.1 If an electoral district is disestablished or changed between the time an initiative petition is issued and the time it is to be submitted to the chief electoral officer, the references in this Part to an electoral district are deemed to be a reference to the electoral district as it was at the time the petition was issued.

Commencement

18 Sections 1 to 6, 15 and 16 come into force on the day the 36th Parliament is dissolved.


Schedule 1

Names of Electoral Districts

1 Abbotsford-Clayburn 41 Peace River North
2 Abbotsford-Mount Lehman 42 Peace River South
3 Alberni-Qualicum 43 Penticton-Okanagan Valley
4 Bulkley Valley-Stikine 44 Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
5 Burnaby-Edmonds 45 Port Moody-Westwood
6 Burnaby-North 46 Powell River-Sunshine Coast
7 Burnaby-Willingdon 47 Prince George-Mount Robson
8 Burquitlam 48 Prince George North
9 Cariboo North 49 Prince George-Omineca
10 Cariboo South 50 Richmond Centre
11 Chilliwack-Kent 51 Richmond East
12 Chilliwack-Sumas 52 Richmond-Steveston
13 Columbia River-Revelstoke 53 Saanich North and the Islands
14 Comox Valley 54 Saanich South
15 Coquitlam-Maillardville 55 Shuswap
16 Cowichan-Ladysmith 56 Skeena
17 Delta North 57 Surrey-Cloverdale
18 Delta South 58 Surrey-Green Timbers
19 East Kootenay 59 Surrey-Newton
20 Esquimalt-Metchosin 60 Surrey-Panorama Ridge
21 Fort Langley-Aldergrove 61 Surrey-Tynehead
22 Kamloops 62 Surrey-Whalley
23 Kamloops-North Thompson 63 Surrey-White Rock
24 Kelowna-Lake Country 64 Vancouver-Burrard
25 Kelowna-Mission 65 Vancouver-Fairview
26 Langley 66 Vancouver-Fraserview
27 Malahat-Juan de Fuca 67 Vancouver-Hastings
28 Maple Ridge-Mission 68 Vancouver-Kensington
29 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 69 Vancouver-Kingsway
30 Nanaimo 70 Vancouver-Langara
31 Nanaimo-Parksville 71 Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
32 Nelson-Creston 72 Vancouver-Point Grey
33 New Westminster 73 Vancouver-Quilchena
34 North Coast 74 Victoria-Beacon Hill
35 North Island 75 Victoria-Hillside
36 North Vancouver-Lonsdale 76 West Kootenay-Boundary
37 North Vancouver-Seymour 77 West Vancouver-Capilano
38 Oak Bay-Gordon Head 78 West Vancouver-Garibaldi
39 Okanagan-Vernon 79 Yale-Lillooet
40 Okanagan-Westside

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