Alberta proposes set election day for last Monday in May every four years

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EDMONTON — Alberta is planning a set day for future provincial elections.

A bill introduced by Justice Minister Kaycee Madu proposes that the last Monday in May, every four years, be the day Albertans go to the polls.

Legislation passed a decade ago set the time frame for elections at a three-month period in the spring every four years.

If the bill passes, the next vote would be held on May 29, 2023 — but that could end up not being the next polling day.

Alberta premiers always have the option to call an election for extenuating circumstances, including if they are seeking a mandate on consequential changes or if the governing party loses a confidence vote in the house.

Former Progressive Conservative premier Jim Prentice called an early election in 2015, seeking a renewed mandate on a blueprint for spending and budgeting, and was defeated by Rachel Notley’s NDP.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2021.

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