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Welcome to 'Municipal Affairs”, I'm your host, Chris Brown.


Today dive deep into a hot topic that's been making waves in the municipal landscape of Alberta.


An article by Matthew Black in the Edmonton Journal has ignited a spark in the ongoing conversation about the introduction of political parties into the municipal political scene.


Now, the article suggests that more than 70 per cent of respondents to an online Province of Alberta government survey are against the idea of adding party labels alongside the names of candidates on municipal election ballots.


That's a significant majority, and it raises some crucial questions about the direction our local politics might be heading.


According to the data acquired by Postmedia, more than 4,600 respondents, amounting to 60.8 per cent of all replies, strongly disagreed with the statement. A further 728 responses, or 9.5 per cent, disagreed with the idea.


Fewer than one in four respondents indicated support for putting party names on municipal ballots.


To help us unpack this issue and understand its implications for municipalities, we have a special guest with us today. Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack, who serves as a Director for Cities over 500,000 for Alberta Municipalities, joins us to share his insights on this report and the potential impacts for municipalities bargaining with the province around this issue.


This is 'Municipal Affairs’. *************************************************** Edmonton Journal Story: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-government-survey-shows-overwhelming-opposition-to-having-political-parties-in-municipal-elections

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