Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark is urging the Special Select Committee on Accountability and Ethics to realize the full potential of a thorough democratic review in Alberta. Clark proposed a motion to require the committee to travel the province to meet with Albertans and hear their input first-hand. The Government used their majority on the committee to adjourn debate on the motion.
“I’m disappointed the committee didn’t commit to hold in-person consultations,” said Clark. “This is the most comprehensive review of Alberta’s democratic institutions since Alberta was founded in 1905,” said Clark. “It is important we use every tool at our disposal to hear from Albertans all parts of the province. That includes online consultation, tele-town halls, and having frank face to face discussions with the people for whom this matters most – the Albertans who we are supposed to democratically represent.”
Clark said travelling the province would be money well spent.
“I am confident Albertans would agree that this is good value for their money,” said Clark. “If the Government insists on only hearing from experts and gathering online feedback there is a risk they create an unfortunate perception there’s a preconceived outcome for the important work of this committee.”
“This committee will be the legacy of the 29th Legislative Assembly. If we do it properly we will be able to look back many years from now and know that we have made a positive and long-lasting impact.”
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