Alberta Liberal response to Question 01

Question: How will you recognize the needs of Calgary and Edmonton, and how do you see this reflected in a new legislative framework for the cities? 

Answer: Alberta Liberals will enact legislation to give Calgary and Edmonton their own city charters, granting them important new powers and autonomy in a number of key areas. We recognize that, as bona fide big cities, Calgary and Edmonton’s needs and challenges are unique among Alberta municipalities. It’s imperative that they be sufficiently empowered to manage their own affairs and meet their core obligations. This is a progressive idea that made sense when Alberta Liberals first proposed it during the 2008 provincial election, and is even more relevant now.

Question: Is the Municipal Government Act adequate to meet the needs of the large cities? 

Answer: No, the Municipal Government Act is definitely not adequate.

Question: Would you prefer city charters or other legislative remedies to address this issue?

Answer: City charters. We envision the development of the City of Calgary Act and the City of Edmonton Act being undertaken in collaboration with and the full participation of those cities. Each Act would be tailored to the specific wants and needs of those cities, and would establish broad permissive powers to ensure that they have the flexibility to provide services, be accountable to residents, and manage growth. The legislation would also clarify the roles and responsibilities of those cities in relation to the provincial government.

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