Sit­ting dur­ing cam­paigns up to the coun­cil

Medicine Hat News - - UP FRONT -

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.

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