Premier delaying his own democratic reform legislation

Written by ECA Review

Independent MLAs Drew Barnes and Todd Loewen are calling on Premier Kenney to immediately proclaim Bill 51, the Citizen Initiative Act, and Bill 52, Recall Act.

Both bills have been passed by a majority vote of the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on June 17, 2021.

“Once again, the Premier is dragging his feet on enacting his own government’s legislation,” said Independent MLA Todd Loewen.

“To be clear, both Citizens Initiative and Recall were included in the UCP’s 2019 platform, the UCP campaigned on both of these issues, and both were approved by the Legislature. There is no reason why these bills should not be proclaimed immediately.”

“Both Citizen Initiatives and Recall are vital to strengthening grassroots democracy,” said Independent MLA Drew Barnes. “When these bills were debated, we argued that they could easily be strengthened to facilitate their use. The government argued that the bills were fine the way they were written. Yet here we are, almost three months later, and the Premier continues to stall on enacting them.”

Bill 51: Citizen Initiative, received third reading in the Legislature on June 9th by a final vote of 36-7. With regard to Citizen Initiatives, the Premier has personally endorsed this legislation, stating “This is one of the most important democratic reforms since our province was founded in September of 1905.”

 

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