Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said his government will pass a new law allowing dissatisfied voters to recall their MLA before the next election in the next session of legislature. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said his government will pass a new law allowing dissatisfied voters to recall their MLA before the next election in the next session of legislature. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Premier Kenney promises Alberta voters a recall bill by spring

Voters will be able to turf their MLA before an election

Alberta Premier Jason Kenny promised that a bill that will allow voters to turf their provincial representatives before the next election is coming — by spring.

In a Facebook Live video, the premier said he intends to follow through on an election promise and introduce legislation that would make Alberta the second Canadian province to give voters the right to recall their MLAs.

Kenney said B.C. is now the only province where this has been possible, since about 1990.

He added that Alberta had a recall law in the 1920s or 1930s, but it was later repealed.

Many Albertans have been angry at six MLAs who ignored provincial health guidelines and travelled to warm holiday spots over the Christmas holidays — while most Albertans were hunkering down at home to prevent viral spread during the pandemic.

A legislative committee, tasked with looking at various democratic reforms, including rules for recall, presented its report to government last month.

Kenney said some aspects of this report, as well as a previous proposed recall bill introduced in the last session by the Devon-Drayton Valley MLA Mark Smith will be considered in the drafting of the new legislation.

The premier expects it to be passed in the winter-spring session of legislature.



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