December 02, 2015

Wildrose MLA Leela Aheer tables recall legislation: Here's how Albertans can help

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Leela Aheer, Wildrose MLA  for Chestermere-Rocky View and shadow minister for energy has tabled recall legislation in the form of Bill 206.

Recall legislation would allow for constituents in a riding to collect signatures in order to force a by election in the event that they were unsatisfied with their MLA. The signatories would have to be residents in Alberta for the last 6 months and be a registered voter. In order for the petition to be successful, 20% (or approximately 6,000) of the voting population would have to sign in each riding. Of course, it’s not just that simple – there are other rules such as paying a $5000 application fee.

The Wildrose Party has supported this legislation since 2012 – it was part of their election platform. And the bill is non-partisan – any MLA could be challenged with the recall petition.

In just 7 months, the NDP have managed to wage a war on the oil and gas industry now with Bill 6, the response of 1000’s of farmers across the province shows that many would likely support recall. The decision on this bill is going to say a lot about how comfortable the NDP government are. And I think they have a lot to worry about.


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commented 2015-12-03 02:39:19 -0500
Something like this would be well worth changing the constitution for. Then no one could ignore it.
commented 2015-12-03 02:38:01 -0500
Even though the NDP would never let this pass, the symbolism would be quite telling and seeing them explain it away would actually make even some of their supporters think.
commented 2015-12-03 02:03:10 -0500
Absolutely NO CHANCE the NDP would support this Bill! Notley would be TOAST!!!
commented 2015-12-03 01:16:40 -0500
Badly administering a referendum or recall can bugger it up too. Remember, for the left the end befits the means, which means any deceit or sabotage, obfuscation or oops – sorry, to achieve their agenda is morally relative to them…the Notley’s, Wynn’s and Trudeau’s are not acting independently – they have masters and handlers. Look at how easy it was to get rid of Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott…we’re goin’ down that road.
I hope lots and lots of people show up at the next rally or demonstration at the legislature…throw the bums out!
commented 2015-12-02 19:33:29 -0500
Kelvin Grabowsky commented 1 hour ago
Pass this around rebels , thanks

Do, Done, Did

Also included the mystery Energy Minister and my M.L.A., Marg McCuaig-Boyd, in my mail out.
commented 2015-12-02 19:30:32 -0500
The regressives will never allow this to see the light of day! Guaranteed!
commented 2015-12-02 18:27:24 -0500
The rumour from our local wildrose mla is that there are a few people wavering in the npd camp, considering crossing the line. We need to give them an extra push, come out to the anti-bill 6 rally tomorrow Dec 3rd at the leg grounds at noon!
commented 2015-12-02 15:44:18 -0500
The only way this will become law is if the WildRose campaigns on this as one of their promises and wins next election. And even though I fully support the WildRose, I also know that should they get elected next election that they would have to have their feet held to the fire to make sure they enact that legislation, lest they “forget”.
commented 2015-12-02 15:33:16 -0500
Remember, the NDP are the party of electoral reform. Once they came to power, that was going to be their priority…sort of like Junior when he came to power. I’m sure it is still a priority for the NDP, but they have been pretty busy lately screwing the resource and agriculture industries, so haven’t got around to it yet. I am sure their sudden silence on electoral reform has nothing to do with succeeding with first past the post; just like Junior’s silence. So we need to give them a chance to effect electoral reform, which I am sure will involve recall legislation. I know they will follow though, because they are quickly running out of other things to screw over.
commented 2015-12-02 15:32:35 -0500
Just a reminder: We don’t need to have the recall legislation in place to start recall petitions in ndp constituencies. We can start the campaign now to show support for the bill.
commented 2015-12-02 15:30:51 -0500
Recall as a constitutionally fonded instrument of direct democracy, has deep roots in the west.

Canadian farmers’ organizations in the Prairie provinces were aligned with the democratic populist movement, and because of this influence, each of the western provinces began initiating “direct democracy” legislation” most of which did not receive Royal Assent or were repealed.

Ironically, the only Canadian attempt to recall a member was made in the province of Alberta in 1937. The member was Premier William Aberhart, who in the 1935 election campaign had pledged that he would introduce recall legislation. In 1936, the Recall Act was passed by the provincial legislature. When, however, Aberhart himself became the first politician to be subjected to recall, the Act was repealed retroactive to the day it had received Royal Assent, and all pending proceedings in connection with the recall of any member were declared null and void. Subsequently, the principle of the recall mechanism disappeared from Alberta and from Canadian politics altogether.

British Columbia enacted constituent-initiated MPP recall in 1995. I believe they have had 20 or so recall efforts launched. No one was recalled so far, but Paul Reitsma, resigned in 1998 when it looked as if the petition to recall him would succeed. I have to say this single piece of legislation (Recall act) has done more to tame the radicalism and irresponsible agendas and behavior of both representatives, parties and government in BC than any single force – direct accountability to constituents is a must in a functional healthy representative democracy – Alberta needs it and Ontario REALLY needs it.
commented 2015-12-02 14:59:06 -0500
This is getting good. End the NDP.
commented 2015-12-02 14:56:08 -0500
This should have been done years ago but the PCs became so infected with red tory cronyism it died on the party policy convention floor 3 times. It (grassroots empowerment through recall) was an imperative of the Reform movement/party, but died when they took on the Eastern PC party and all the bad habits of Ottawa top-down statism.

I wish them luck but I think it is too late in coming and will fail due to majority government despotism. No one is more anti-democratic refrom than a majority Dipper government.
commented 2015-12-02 14:48:47 -0500
The NDP have a majority. They will defeat this. There’s no way the NDP want any even remotely responsible legislation around.
commented 2015-12-02 14:48:04 -0500
The NDP knows it was elected by accident and will do absolutely everything to stop recall legislation from ever being enacted.
commented 2015-12-02 14:37:38 -0500
Nice try Wildrose, the chances of that bill gaining any traction is 0%. That would be similar to any dictator in the Middle East allowing fair and open elections. Kim Jong Un won the last vote with over 100% of the vote. In Aesop’s fables the mice voted to bell the cat and look how that turned out. We are screwed in Ontario, Alberta, Canada, and now Newfoundland until at least 2019.
commented 2015-12-02 14:24:05 -0500
Watch them attack Albertans as being country bumpkins who don’t know what’s good for them. We certainly know what isn’t good for us, and that is the NDP! Recall legislation is the only way.
commented 2015-12-02 14:18:25 -0500
the NDP would be terrified of this go wild rose go