Recall Act to come into effect Apr. 7th



Alberta is set to be the next province to introduce recall legislation.


On April 7th, Alberta’s Recall Act and Citizen Initiative Act will come into effect, after months of delays.


The recall act will strengthen democracy by giving Albertans a method to hold elected officials accountable, according to the governments' announcement.


Premier Jason Kenney said in a press release that this will give Alberta a true voice in democracy, "The Citizen Initiative Act and Recall Act give Albertans the ability to directly set the priorities for the government and hold elected officials accountable throughout their term. These are among the most important democratic reforms in Alberta history."


Recall legislation was a key priority of the UCP election platform in 2019.


The Recall Act gives Albertans to initiate a process that could lead to removing and replacing elected officials, including MLAs, municipal officials and school trustees during their term.


Those wishing to recall an elected official would have 60 days to gather signatures from 40% of eligible voters in a constituency.


Bill 52 (The Recall Act) was proclaimed on June 17, 2021.