“Democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.”
It is surprising with Premier Redford’s background that her government conveniently forgot about democracy as they tried to entrench Bill 28 into law.
When Mayor Crouse stated that this Bill “sends a strong message to municipalities to co-operate or else”(1), he should have included that this threat goes against everything that democracy in Canada stands for.
To subject voters to a bill that gives them no say in what happens to them, their city or their future is as undemocratic as it can get. The CRB is already undemocratic. It was never elected into being by voters. It has no obligations or accountability to the electorate and systematically shrinks individual property rights and liberties.
As for those mayors and reeves, who still respect the voice of the people who put them in office, they would be silenced with threats of heavy fines and/or incarceration. How democratic is that?
Albertans can be thankful that the provincial opposition parties spoke out as strongly as they did. Otherwise this province would be another step closer to a soviet style council system.
(1) St. Albert Gazette, Province puts CRB law on hold, November 2, 2013