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PQ proposes fixed election dates

11/07/2012 01:28 EST | Updated 01/07/2013 05:12 EST
The Quebec government has introduced a bill that would mean general elections will be held every four years on a fixed date.

The measure aims to prevent governments from choosing the timing of elections based on their chances of winning.

“It’s nothing revolutionary,” said Bernard Drainville, the minister for democratic institutions.

Drainville said the adoption of the Bill would make the election process more economical and fair, as well as less vulnerable to partisan interests.

Under Bill 3 the next provincial election would be on Sept. 26, 2016

The following elections would occur on the last Monday of the month of September every four years.

The amendments to the Election Act would also give the Chief Electoral Officer the right to postpone the election to the following Monday if, for instance, it coincides with another election.

Last February, the Parti-Québecois proposed fixed election dates as a part of group of measures it said would give power back to citizens.

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