The Election, Office and Work of the Metropolitan Bishop
1(1) When the Office of Metropolitan becomes vacant or will become vacant on a fixed future date, the
(a) if the vacancy occurs or will occur more than six months before the next regular meeting of
the Provincial Synod, supervise the election of a Metropolitan by electronic means; or
(b) if the vacancy occurs or will occur less than six months before the next regular meeting of
the Provincial Synod or during a regular meeting, convene the election of a Metropolitan during
1(2) The Prolocutor shall preside at the election of the Metropolitan.
1(3) The Provincial Synod shall elect the Metropolitan from among the diocesan bishops of the province.
1(4) The Election shall be by secret ballot taken by orders and the voting shall continue by consecutive
ballots until a bishop receives a majority of those present and voting in each order.
2(1) The See of the bishop who holds the office of Metropolitan is the Metropolitical See.
2(2) The Metropolitan shall bear the title of Archbishop of the diocese of which the Metropolitan is
Bishop and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.
3(1) The Metropolitan shall preside over the House of Bishops, the Provincial Synod and the Provincial
Council and shall arrange for the consecration of bishops elected in the province.
3(2) The Metropolitan has a pastoral relationship to the whole ecclesiastical province and, in particular,
shall give pastoral care to the bishops of the province.
4. A diocesan synod, by a two-thirds majority of the orders of clergy and laity, may request the
Metropolitan, after consultation with the House of Bishops, to assume visitatorial powers.
5. When the Metropolitan is incapacitated or when the office is vacant, the diocesan bishop senior by
consecration shall have all the rights, duties, powers, privileges and prerogatives of the Metropolitan.
6(1) The office of Metropolitan is vacated when the Metropolitan ceases to be a diocesan bishop or his
or her resignation as Metropolitan is accepted.
6(2) The Metropolitan may resign the office by submitting a written resignation to the diocesan bishop
senior by consecration but such resignation does not take effect until it is accepted by the House of
Bishops of the province.
6(3) The title of the Metropolitan shall continue to be “Archbishop” after he or she ceases to hold office.
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