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Status: Bill 52 was introduced on March 15, 2021
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General

Overview

Bill 52: the Recall Act would strengthen democracy by allowing Albertans to hold elected officials accountable throughout their term, not just during elections.

If passed, Bill 52 will create a process that could lead to the recall of elected officials, including Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), municipal officials and school trustees.

If passed, Bill 52 will also set 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.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 52, the Recall Act will create 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.

Next steps

If passed, Bill 52, the Recall Act will come into force upon proclamation.

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