Alberta introduces recall bill for provincial, municipal politicians, school trustees

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EDMONTON — Alberta is introducing legislation for citizens to launch petition drives to recall not only members of the legislature, but also municipal politicians and school board trustees.

Premier Jason Kenney says the bill fulfils an election commitment by the United Conservative government to increase public accountability.

It is based on a framework of similar legislation in British Columbia.

Under the bill, citizens who want to recall a legislature member for poor performance would have to get signatures from 40 per cent of eligible electors.

If that threshold is met, it would trigger a constituency-wide referendum on whether to toss out the member.

Representatives for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta have previously questioned such legislation.

They say there are already accountability rules in place for municipal leaders and such legislation would be cumbersome and expensive and could be used for harassment and intimidation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2021

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