Alberta introduces bill for citizen-initiated petitions on law, policy, Constitution

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EDMONTON — Alberta has introduced legislation to give citizens a chance to directly petition the province to amend policies and laws.

Premier Jason Kenney says the legislation is another step toward giving Albertans a greater say in how their province is run.

Under the bill, those who want to alter or make proposals on laws or policies will need to get signatures from 10 per cent of Alberta’s population within 90 days.

A successful petition would be considered by the government or could go to a non-binding referendum.

Those who want a referendum on a Constitutional issue would need to collect signatures from 20 per cent of voters.

Kenney says the bill is modelled on similar legislation in British Columbia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2021.

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