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Encyclopedia > Chief Electoral Officer (Canada)

The Chief Electoral Officer was created in 1920 by the Dominion Elections Act (Canada). The Chief Electoral Officer is appointed by a resolution of the Canadian House of Commons. They report directly to Parliament and, therefore, is completely independent of the government of the day and all political parties. The Chief Electoral Officer is not allowed to vote in federal elections. The Chief Electoral Officer serves until retirement at age 65 or resignation. They can be removed from office only for cause, by the Governor General of Canada after a joint request following a majority vote by the House of Commons and Senate of Canada.


The Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for the administration of elections, referendums and other important aspects of our electoral system. The Chief Electoral Officer is assisted in carrying out this mandate by the Assistant Chief Electoral Officer and the Broadcasting Arbitrator who ensures that the provisions of the Canada Elections Act and the Canada Referendum Act are carried out, and the Commissioner of Canada Elections who enforces the Act.


Nine directorates make up Elections Canada, the organization that carries out the specific roles and responsibilities under the CEO's mandate.


The current Chief Electoral Officer is Jean-Pierre Kingsley, appointed in 1990.


External Link:

  • Elections Canada On-Line - Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (http://www.elections.ca/intro.asp?section=ceo&document=index&lang=e&textonly=false)



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Supreme Court of Canada - Decisions - Haig v. Canada; Haig v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer) (9427 words)
The exclusion of electors not resident in the provinces in question on the enumeration date is the clear and unambiguous consequence of the legislative scheme adopted.
I conclude that the Referendum Act (Canada) and the Canada Elections Act could not properly be interpreted to extend an entitlement to vote to those Canadian citizens who, on the enumeration day, were not ordinarily resident in one of the jurisdictions where, pursuant to the Order-in-Council, the federal government held its referendum.
The exclusion of electors not resident in those provinces on the enumeration date is the clear and unambiguous consequence of the legislative scheme adopted.
Chief Electoral Officer (Canada) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (250 words)
The Chief Electoral Officer is appointed by a resolution of the Canadian House of Commons.
The Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for the administration of elections, referendums and other important aspects of Canada's electoral system.
The Chief Electoral Officer is assisted in carrying out this mandate by the Assistant Chief Electoral Officer and the Broadcasting Arbitrator who ensures that the provisions of the Canada Elections Act and the Canada Referendum Act are carried out, and the Commissioner of Canada Elections who enforces the Act.
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