AUMA has been calling for amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act for a number of years. We are pleased to see that the proposed Bill 23 generally reflects the recommendations we made based on the input from our members and creates the general alignment of rules at local and provincial levels.
We believe our small communities will appreciate the Province’s amendment regarding a proposal for all municipal election candidates to open a bank account regardless of whether or not they spend any money will now be limited to only those candidates who spend or receive more than $4,000.
We did note a few new provisions to the Bill that were not discussed previously. AUMA will need to discuss these new provisions with our members and get their feedback.
Finally, while disappointed that the enabling of tax credits for individual donations to municipal campaigns wasn’t addressed, AUMA is encouraged that the tax credit isn’t necessarily off the table. We hope there will still be some consideration on this matter, and we look forward to ongoing discussions with the province.
AUMA looks forward to working with the Province and our members on implementing the changes once Bill 23 is passed, including the development of a change management strategy to ensure Albertans are able to participate in fair, transparent, and well-run elections in 2021.
Mayor, City of Brooks