Oct. 18 vote more than local representation

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If you’ve decided on your municipal candidate when you go to the polls Monday, keep in mind you’ll be asked for your opinions on other things, too.

For the first time since 1998, a provincial ballot will be distributed at the municipal election polls, according to CTV News.

There are two referendum questions and a senate vote added to the ballot this year:

Two referendum questions will also be asked.

“What makes this particular election unique can also raise a lot of questions for electors,” Pamela Renwick, acting deputy chief electoral officer of Elections Alberta, said in a news release.

“We felt it was important to develop an engaging but straightforward campaign to help people learn the answers to the questions they might have as voting day approaches.”

“Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?”

Both will have a yes or no option on the ballot for each question.

If the vote to eliminate Daylight Savings Time passes, it would not go into effect before Fall 2022.

The second question - “Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?” -- is not as simple.

“As amending the Constitution Act, 1982 is federal jurisdiction, the result of this vote is binding only on the provincial government to pursue the action directed by the majority vote, not on the federal government to amend the Constitution Act, 1982,” according to Elections Alberta.

“To remove or amend the Constitution, the federal government and the other provinces and territories would need to enter into discussions about the proposed change.”

For a change in the equalization program to happen, the other provinces and territories will also have to agree.

The vote will tell the province to move forward with talks with the federal government to amend the constitution act.

Senate vote:

Residents will be able to vote for three of the 13 candidates for the Alberta Senate elections.

Erika Barootes (CPC), Edmonton

Rick Bonnett (Independent), Ponoka

Pam Davidson (CPC), Red Deer

Doug A. Horner (Independent), Edmonton

Duncan Kinney (Independent), Edmonton

Kelly Lorencz (PPC), Red Deer County

Mykhailo Martyniouk (CPC), Edmonton

Ann McCormack (PPC), Mannville

Jeff Nielsen (Independent), Olds

Karina Pillay (Independent), Calgary

Chad Jett Thunders Saunders (Independent), Calgary

Sunil Sookram (Independent), Edmonton

Nadine R, Wellwod (PPC), Cochrane.

The federal government appoints senators, but the top three senators voted for in Alberta are who the province will recommend to the federal government when vacancies come available.

According to Elections Alberta, official results from the provincial ballot will be announced on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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