The next provincial election is legislated to occur between February 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019. The most recent amendments to the Election Finance and Contributions Disclosure Act included provisions that strengthened prohibitions on government activity during the 28-day election period. These changes limit how government may interact with the public and stakeholders during the 28-day election period, unless the activity meets certain criteria, such as is required by law, or is related to public health and/or safety requirements.
These changes will likely affect the way Municipal Affairs is able to engage with you during the election period. For that 28-day period, routine business – such as answering calls and emails, and participation in conferences as delegates – will continue; however, other activities will not be allowed.
In practical terms, this means that ministry staff will not be able to participate, other than as delegates, in conventions if the convention takes place during the election period. It also means that activities such as external meetings with stakeholders will not be scheduled during the election period, and any previously scheduled meetings will be cancelled if they happen to fall within the election period.
A short list of other ministry activities that will not take place during an election period includes:
- Active participation, including presentations, at conferences
- Event sponsorship
- Presenting at council meetings
- Hosting or participating in public open houses
- Sending out mass emails
- Issuing news releases
- Announcing grant programs or recipients
- Updating our website
In addition, the policy itself can be found here: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/government-of-alberta-election-communication-policy