Feb. 26, 2021
RE: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Challenge to County of Newell Electoral Division Bylaw 1998-20
On December 29, 2020, the County of Newell Council proceeded with a third reading of Bylaw 1998-20 which establishes new electoral divisions/boundaries, provides for seven (7) councillors and seven (7) electoral divisions/boundaries and is intended to take effect for the October 18, 2021 general municipal election.
In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, c M-26, the public notification/advertisement process for Bylaw 1998-20 opened a 60-day window from the last date on which Bylaw 1998-20 was advertised, in which electors had the opportunity to submit a petition for a vote of the electors to determine whether Bylaw 1998-20 should remain in effect.
The period/deadline for submitting such a petition passed without a sufficient petition being received by the County of Newell.
Notwithstanding the opportunity to submit a petition for a vote of the electors to determine whether Bylaw 1998-20 should remain in effect, the County of Newell has recently received notice that another course of action is being pursued, namely a formal challenge to Bylaw 1998-20 through the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
The attached documents have been received by the County of Newell. The County of Newell is proceeding with a defence of Bylaw 1998-20.
Additional information regarding this matter will be posted as it becomes available.