Sitting during campaigns up to the council
Local governments in Alberta can choose whether to hold meetings during an election, and the province’s major municipalities are split on the issue.
Councils in Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Lethbridge will meet between nomination day on Sept. 18 and voting on Oct. 12.
Councils in Fort McMurray, Sherwood Park and St. Albert won’t sit again until after voting in midOctober.
Even in southeast Alberta, Cypress County council moved its Oct. 17 meeting from the day after voting to Oct. 24. Brooks will meet twice, and Redcliff will continue with its sittings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.
“There’s no policy (against it) in place and it’s business as usual,” said town manager Arlos Croft.
That means town council will convene on Sept. 25 and Tuesday Oct. 10 (the day after Thanksgiving).
Elsewhere, Grande Prairie will hold a meeting on nomination day, but has cancelled its early October sitting.
The City of Calgary passed a bylaw in 2006 barring meetings during election periods. Edmonton city council meetings also concluded this week for the term.