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Status: Bill 52 received royal assent on June 17, 2021
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
Bill 52: the Recall Act strengthens democracy by allowing Albertans to hold elected officials accountable throughout their term, not just during elections.
Bill 52 creates a process that could lead to the recall of elected officials, including Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), municipal officials and school trustees.
It also sets contribution, expense and third party advertising rules for a recall petition and recall vote. These rules would be aligned, where possible, with the Election Act and Election Finance and Contributions Disclosure Act.
Bill 52, the Recall Act creates processes for Albertans to petition to remove certain types of elected officials.
Recalling an MLA
An Albertan would apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for a petition to recall their MLA if they feel they are not upholding their responsibilities.
If approved, the applicant would have 60 days to gather signatures from 40% of eligible voters in that constituency.
If the petition is successful, a recall vote would occur. If the recall vote is successful, the official ceases to hold office and a by-election would be held.
Recalling a municipal official
An Albertan would apply to their municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer for a petition to recall the municipal official they feel is not upholding their responsibilities.
If approved, the applicant would have 60 days to gather signatures from 40% of eligible voters in the municipality or ward.
If the petition is successful, the Chief Administrative Officer would make a declaration at the next council meeting. The official would be removed at that time.
Recalling a school trustee
An Albertan would apply to the secretary of the school board for a petition to recall the school board trustee they feel is not upholding their responsibilities.
If approved, the applicant would have 120 days to gather signatures from 40% of eligible voters in that school district.
If the petition is successful, the official is removed and the board would decide if a by-election is necessary.
- Recall Act Fact Sheet (PDF, 300 KB)
- Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee Final Report: Citizen’s Initiative and Recall (PDF, 572 KB)
Bill 52, the Recall Act will come into force upon proclamation.
- Holding elected officials accountable in Alberta (March 15, 2021)
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