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Rob Bernshaw, Columnist
On Tuesday July 31, 2012 the consultation process will close.
For all Albertans, it is very important that we get involved in the governmental affairs of our place of residence, otherwise laws and policies that affect us will be made without regard to what we, as the most important stakeholders, value in our everyday lives.
For example one of the questions refers to changing the length of time municipal governments stay in power. Will it be 3 years as is currently in place, or will it be 4 years as is being recommended?
Is the current 3 year term adequate?
- Some things to consider in responding to that particular question would be:
- How do we feel about longer terms for our various municipal councils?
- What term in office, would be appropriate to better serve us the public, not the individuals representing us?
- Key consideration is: Would it actually be a benefit, or a hindrance, to us and our various municipalities for a longer term in office?
If there is ever to be advancement and progress, we as taxpayers and voters, need to get involved and participate in the process.
Without the healthy participation of us; the people; we will slowly lose those opportunities and abilities of affecting change, however small we may perceive that change to be.
Here is an excerpt from the Alberta Municipal Affairs Website:
The Local Authorities Election Act sets out the election processes and procedures for municipal and school board elections. It was enacted in 1983 and has been amended several times since that date.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs has committed to a review of the Act to ensure that it continues to provide an effective framework to support secure, fair and impartial elections. Stakeholder feedback will be considered in making any recommendations for amendments, and public input is welcomed. The consultation is open from June 11 – July 31, 2012
To get involved with the process please click on the following link to access the Alberta Municipal Affairs Website, and click on the appropriate survey link, in the body of the web page.
Please be aware that there are two links under the, Start the survey heading: one link is for individuals and one link is for various organizations to participate.
Remember this is your Alberta, let us help it to prosper and grow, in order to benefit all of us along the journey.
Full participation in government and society has been a basic right of the country symbolizing the full citizenship and equal protection of all.
~Charles Rangel ( American Politician born June 11, 1930)~
We have the opportunity to help in the outcome of the decisions being made.
Exercise your rights: Participate!