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Commission de la représentation électorale

Summary

The Commission de la représentation électorale is an independent institution whose mission is to draw up the electoral map of Québec and, where necessary, those of the municipalities and English-language school boards. It acts in a neutral and impartial manner. It reports directly to the Assemblée nationale. The method of appointment of its commissioners requires the agreement of two thirds of the members of the Assemblée nationale.

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Our values

  • Impartiality in the performance of our duties
  • Independence from political power
  • Fairness in the representation of electors
  • Transparency in our actions and decisions
  • Openness in our decision-making process
  • Competence in carrying out our mandates

Mission and mandates

Our mission is to draw up the electoral map of Québec (and, where necessary, those of municipalities and English-language school boards) by fostering input from citizens and by ensuring them a fair and equitable representation.

Creating the Québec electoral map

The division of the territory for electoral purposes is of primary importance for the operation of the electoral system, since it ensures an equitable representation of electors, who are grouped into electoral divisions. When drawing up the electoral map, we take into account the equality of the vote for electors and ensure that natural communities are respected.

Support for the development of municipal and school electoral maps

Municipalities and school boards are responsible for the process of dividing their territory into electoral districts. Our responsibility is making sure that this process runs smoothly. This ensures that citizens are fairly and equitably represented on their municipal council and school board.

Role of the Commission (in French)

Members

The Commission de la représentation électorale is made up of the Chief Electoral Officer, Pierre Reid, who chairs the Commission, and two commissioners appointed by the Assemblée nationale from among qualified electors.

Pierre Reid
Chief Electoral Officer and Chairman of the Commission de la représentation électorale

Bibliographical notes on the Chief Electoral Officer

Édith Gravel
Commissioner

Étidh Gravel

Photo : Catherine Lavallée

With a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in environmental science from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Édith Gravel has been active in the field of municipal land use planning for over 15 years. In her role as Assistant Director General in charge of development and land use planning at the MRC de Matawinie, she is responsible for building bridges between land use planning and economic development, with an eye to facilitating innovative structural projects in Matawinie. Having worked in management for several years, she relies on good communication and teamwork to successfully carry out her various responsibilities.

Kevin Bouchard
Commissioner

Kevin Bouchard

Photo : Dany Vachon, photographe

Kevin Bouchard is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Université Laval, as well as a member of the Barreau du Québec. His research interests encompass administrative and constitutional law, the foundations of public law, and the philosophy of law. His doctoral thesis, which received multiple honours in France and Québec, is titled Aux origines conceptuelles du constitutionnalisme de common law. It was completed as part of a joint doctoral program offered by Université Laval and Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Mr. Bouchard also served as an elected member of the Saint-Sacrement Neighborhood Council from 2015 to 2019.

Public consultations

We hold public consultations as part of the process for creating electoral maps and actively want to hear from citizens and the various interested stakeholders.

  • On a provincial level, we hold public hearings across the province in certain regions of Québec to hear the opinions of a wide range of citizens, MNAs, and interested organizations following the tabling of our preliminary report, which presents an initial proposal for the delineation of electoral divisions.
  • On the municipal and school board levels, we hold public hearings and make decisions following a public hearing held by a municipality or an English-language school board. We also do this when a divisional bylaw is not adopted within the statutory timeframe.

You can view the public notices and decisions made by the Commission during the public consultations held in some municipalities in 2020.

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