Québec City, February 12, 1997 -- In view of the 1998 general municipal elections, several municipalities North of Montréal are required this year to proceed with the division of their territory into electoral districts. Here is the list of the municipalities affected: Boisbriand, Charlemagne, Chertsey, Deux-Montagnes, Joliette, Le Gardeur, L'Épiphanie, Mont-Laurier, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Saint-Antoine, Saint-Calixte, Saint-Gabriel, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Sainte-Mélanie AND Saint-Placide.
The purpose of this division is to allow equitable representation on the Council, thus ensuring municipal democracy. The election of a councillor for each district also ensures that the electors and their representatives remain in closer contact.
Each electoral district must group together electors having several points in common in order to respect their sense of belonging to a community. Furthermore, the number of districts must be determined according to the population of the municipality and each district must comprise approximately the same number of electors.
The Council of the municipality is responsible for the division of its territory into electoral districts. However, the Council must, by public notice, put the draft by-law dividing the municipality into districts and the by-law before the citizens. These procedures must be carried out before June 1, 1997.
Persons interested in the division of their municipal territory into electoral districts may obtain information by contacting their municipality or by calling toll-free the Commission de la représentation électorale at 1 800 461-0422.