Most who voted want equalization removed from Constitution

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Results from the Alberta referendums show support for the removal of equalization from the Canadian Constitution, but less enthusiasm for the adoption of permanent daylight savings time.

Released Oct. 26, results revealed that of valid ballots cast, nearly 62 per cent said yes to the question asking whether equalization payments should be removed from legislation.

Residents living in the MD of Pincher Creek contributed to this trend. According to data compiled by Statistics Alberta, 657 local voters voted in favour and 284 were against, the former number representing almost 69 per cent of the voting population.

Crowsnest Pass was much the same, with 1,215 votes of approval and 474 votes of opposition, meaning almost 70 per cent of election participants would like to see equalization abolished.

Less than half of Alberta’s eligible voters went to the polls this year, meaning that referendum statistics represent about 40 per cent of residents ages 18 or older.

The provincial government will be taking steps to initiate conversations on the topic with the federal government and other provinces.

Albertans will continue to change their clocks twice per year, as 49.8 per cent of election participants voted against changing the clocks twice per year and 50.2 per cent voted to keep the system as is.

Locally, municipal district numbers were similar, with 613 resident voters voting against the motion and 587 voting in favour, an almost even split.

In Crowsnest Pass, the numbers were much different and did not reflect the wider provincial trend. 985 residents (56 per cent) wanted to adopt permanent daylight savings time, while 729 (43 per cent) did not.

The next time change will be on Nov. 7, when Alberta falls back one hour.

Gillian Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze

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