43. A state of emergency declared by a municipal council is effective for a maximum period of five days at the expiry of which it may be extended on the authorization of the Minister, as many times as necessary, for a maximum period of five days.
If the municipal council is unable to meet immediately, the mayor or, if the mayor is absent or unable to act, the acting mayor may declare a state of emergency for a maximum period of 48 hours. The council may designate one of its members to act as acting mayor if the mayor is absent or unable to act. If the council of Ville de Montréal avails itself of this power, it may also designate the chair of the Commission de la sécurité publique of the urban agglomeration of Montréal to replace the mayor if the designated council member is absent.
2001, c. 76, s. 43; 2007, c. 10, s. 25.