The Local Democracy Pledge (the Pledge) is a voluntary commitment that candidates can make to voters to uphold key democratic principles – ahead of Alberta’s 2021 municipal elections – to improve the quality and tone of political discourse. The Pledge promotes fair and transparent municipal elections, free from undue partisan or financial influences.
What is the Pledge?
The Pledge is a voluntary commitment a candidate can make to support democratic local elections as they carry out their campaigns 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.
Are you ready to take the Pledge?
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Learn more about the Pledge.
Why is AUMA promoting the Pledge?
As an association representing municipal leaders throughout Alberta, we believe we have a responsibility to stand up for constructive dialogue on the challenges our province’s communities face and push back against negative and divisive political discourse.
In early 2020, the Government of Alberta launched a review of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA). To guide our input, AUMA developed principles for local elections which were overwhelmingly endorsed by members during a virtual meeting in June of that year. We subsequently sought further input from members on how these principles could be turned into a Pledge for candidates. During our Municipal Leaders Caucus in April, 98 percent of participants endorsed including respect as a key principle and 91 percent indicated that they would be willing to take the Pledge as candidates.
What is the role of AUMA and municipalities in the Pledge?
The role of AUMA, and those municipalities who chose to do so, is to promote the Pledge. As the Pledge is voluntary, it is up to each candidate to decide whether they want to commit to the Pledge. It is up to voters to hold candidates accountable to living out the Pledge. Neither AUMA, nor municipalities, have a role in enforcing the Pledge. Candidates and voters will determine the importance of the Pledge to them.
AUMA has also developed a document to provide an in-depth look at the four parts of the Pledge.