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Results of the referendum in Alberta: “No” at daylight saving time, “Yes” at the end of equalization


EDMONTON –

A small majority of Albertans voted against the province’s adoption of year-round daylight saving time in the Alberta United Conservative government’s referendum.

Fewer than 3,000 votes separated the “yes” and “no” camps, according to results released Tuesday morning on the show. Across the province, 50.1% of voters voted “no”, while 49.9% voted yes.

However, voters in favor of removing the federal equalization program from Canada’s constitution constituted a strong majority at 61.7 percent.

Since Equalization is enshrined in Canada’s constitution, a change to the national agenda would require a minimum of seven provincial legislatures representing at least 50 percent of the nation’s population to support it. In addition, the resolution is expected to be voted on in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

Alberta has said that if it sees a “yes” coming out of the equalization referendum, it will start these conversations with the federal government.

According to the decree approving the summer time referendum, this result is legally binding.

Premier Jason Kenney is due to comment on the results at 12:30 p.m. MT. Watch the press conference live on CTVNewsEdmonton.ca.

APPOINTMENTS TO THE SENATE

Also in the election of October 18, appointments to the Senate.

Three federal Conservative MPs got the most votes: Pam Davidson, Erika Barootes and Mykhailo Martyniouk.

They obtained respectively 18.2%, 17.1% and 11.3% of the votes.

In Canada, prime ministers appoint senators. Alberta currently has five. Three were nominated by Justin Trudeau and two were nominated by Stephen Harper.

The last time Albertans voted for Senate candidates was in 2012.

This is a last minute update. More to come… Our original story follows:

The final results of the referendums Albertans voted for on October 18 will be released on Tuesday.

The province is expected to announce the results of the referenda on daylight saving time and equalization, as well as Senate appointments.

According to the decree approving the summer time referendum, the result will be legally binding.

Since Equalization is enshrined in Canada’s constitution, a change to the national agenda would require a minimum of seven provincial legislatures representing at least 50 percent of the nation’s population to support it. In addition, the resolution is expected to be voted on in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

On October 19, Premier Jason Kenney said the unofficial results he had seen showed about 60% of Albertans voted to remove equalization payments from the constitution.

Edmonton’s results have not been made public, but some municipalities have released preliminary results with local election results.

In Calgary, 58 percent of voters said they supported Kenney’s efforts to push for a “fair deal” on equalization.

St. Albert, Strathcona, Stony Plain and Red Deer also all had unofficial results setting support above 50 percent.

Kenney has previously said that if the referendum receives majority support, the legislature will approve a motion to ratify Ottawa’s request to negotiate a constitutional amendment.

Asked about the October 21 referendum, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Kenny was making the program “incredibly political,” and pointed out that the current funding formula was written by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper – of which Kenney was a minister. .

“He himself contributed and endorsed the current equalization formula that he now arouses sentiment against a few years later. I find that this is the kind of policy that is not necessarily useful, ”said the Prime Minister.

Kenney is expected to hold a press conference to comment on the results at 12:30 p.m. MT.


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