08. Municipal Government Act

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the legal foundation upon which most of The City of Calgary’s operations, structures, initiatives and policies rest. The City of Calgary’s challenges with economic and population growth, improving the quality of life for lower income Calgarians, and the protection of environmental resources, are directly linked to the authority and limits placed on local government by the MGA. Enacted in 1995, the MGA is enabling legislation that provides all municipalities with the authority to govern over broad spheres of jurisdiction. However, the MGA views all municipalities the same, regardless of size, and does not allow for the flexibility needed to respond to the scale and scope of issues faced by large cities. As Calgary has grown, it has become clear that there is a need for greater legislative flexibility that would more adequately respond to the challenges and demands of a growing city of one million people.

Questions: Do you believe that the current Municipal Government Act meets the needs of The City of Calgary, and if so, why? If not, do you support a new legislative framework that recognizes the unique position of Alberta’s biggest cities?

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