Honourable Gerard Mitchell
Gerard Mitchell BA LL.B (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) is a former Canadian judge, Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island, Police Commissioner, and most recently has been named Referendum Commissioner of Prince Edward Island. He received his BA from St. Dunstan’s University in 1964 and was a school teacher, following this time he returned to school to get his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1970. He practiced law in PEI until he was named to the provincial court as a judge. In 1981 he was appointed to the PEI Supreme Court. He served as Chief Justice from 1987 until 2008, and then in 2009 he was appointed P.E.I.’s Police Commissioner.
Duties of Referendum Commissioner
- To implement public education and information programs about the referendum, referendum advertising, and voting systems including MMP as described in schedule 2 of the Electoral Systems Referendum Act.
- To establish a website and post information about the Referendum.
- To take steps to help individuals and organizations to organize to get registered as registered referendum advertisers
- To set deadline for applications for registration
- To register the eligible referendum advertisers in a timely manner
- To issue appropriate notices and directions to registered referendum advertisers and their financial agents.
- To divide public money among registered referendum advertisers.
- To monitor compliance with the rules set out in the Electoral Systems Referendum Act.
- To rescind appointment of a financial agent when such action is required
- To require repayment of unused or abused public money
- To announce results of the referendum publicly
- To report on the referendum to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.