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Update from the Legislature - July 21

July 20, 2021

The province formally announced that votes on equalization, senators and daylight saving time will be held in conjunction with the October 18, 2021 municipal elections.

Decisions on whether to hold referenda on the creation of a provincial police force and a provincial pension plan have been deferred to allow the province more time to conduct further analysis.

The announcement of these votes, combined with the strong potential of a federal election this fall, are a good reminder of the importance of AUMA’s The Pledge and the value for municipal candidates to:

  • Keep local elections local by focusing their campaigns on issues that municipal elected officials can influence.
  • Maintain independence and non-partisanship by rejecting any endorsements which would undermine their accountability to municipal residents or the autonomy of the municipality.
  • Demonstrate transparency by sharing their vision for the municipality and providing pre-election disclosure of campaign contributions and spending.
  • Engage in respectful behaviour by sharing their perspective, while respecting and seeking to understand differences.