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St. Albertans show support to remove equalization from Constitution

Results from the two referendum questions and from the Senate election will not be officially announced until 11 a.m. on Oct. 26.
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St. Albertans supported removing equalization from the Constitution after all 12 polling stations reported on Monday night. 

Some 53.1 per cent of St. Albertans voted "yes" to the question asking if Parliament and the Government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments should be removed from the Constitution. Some 8,940 voters want to remove it from the Constitution. 

The remaining 46.9 per cent of voters want to keep equalization in the Constitution. There were 16,843 ballots cast. 

The results of the vote are not binding, and the province has no power to remove sections from the Constitution. 

St. Albert makes up 1.6 per cent of Alberta's population. 

St. Albertans also voted against adopting year-round daylight saving time, which means keeping summer hours, eliminating the need to change their clocks twice a year. 

Some 57.7 per cent of St. Albertans voted against adopting it, while 42.4 per cent favoured keeping daylight saving time. 

Results from the two referendum questions and from the Senate election will not be officially announced until 11 a.m. on Oct. 26.

In an email, Pamela Renwick, acting deputy chief electoral officer for Elections Alberta, said since the referendum vote is being conducted by municipalities, they are responsible for the unofficial count on election night.

“They may release those results publicly if they wish,” she said.


Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Jennifer Henderson is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Great West Newspapers based in St. Albert, Alta.
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