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A little history...

The permanent list of electors is the result of more than 20 years of reflection and attempts to solve the problems associated with the preparation of the lists of electors. Here are the main stages that led to the creation of the PLE:

1978

An Act empowers the Directeur général des élections du Québec to set up a registry of electors.

A project was based on the electronic exchange of data between the Directeur général des élections du Québec and the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

However, the expected registry could not be set up owing to fears about the protection of personal information.

1992

The National Assembly entrusts the Directeur général des élections du Québec with the mandate of carrying out a feasibility study on the computerization of the provincial, municipal and school lists of electors.

1993

The Directeur général des élections du Québec tables his report entitled A computerized list of electors; Report on the computerization of the provincial, municipal and school lists of electors, in which he recommends putting in place such a list and an updating mechanism with the RAMQ.

1994

Bill 40 (Act to establish the permanent list of electors and amending the Election Act and other legislative provisions) is tabled.

1995

The Act to establish the permanent list of electors is enacted on June 15th and assented to on June 16th. The National Assembly entrusts the Directeur général des élections du Québec with the responsibility of creating and administering the permanent list of electors.

1997

The permanent list enters into effect by government order (May 31st and June 1st).