May 20th, 2024

CP NewsAlert: Bill would give Alberta power to fire municipal councillors, nix bylaws

By The Canadian Press on April 25, 2024.

Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith introduce legislation addressing agreements between the federal government and provincial entities in Edmonton on April 10, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has introduced a bill that would grant it sweeping powers over municipalities, including the right to fire councillors, overturn bylaws and postpone elections.

The proposed law would also allow political parties to run on municipal ballots in Edmonton and Calgary.

Municipal Affairs Minster Ric McIver says the new powers are justified to ensure fair elections and accountability from municipal leaders.

He says the powers would only be used as a last resort.

The provincial government’s authority over local bylaws was previously limited to land-use and, more recently, public masking and vaccinations.

Two weeks ago, Premier Danielle Smith’s government introduced a bill that would give it the power to veto any deal between the federal government and provincial entities, including municipalities and post-secondary schools.

More coming.

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