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St. Albertans show slim support for removing equalization from Constitution

Some 53.3 per cent of St. Albertans have 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.
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St. Albertans are slimly reporting removing equalization from the Constitution after nine out of 12 polling stations are reporting.

Some 53.3 per cent of St. Albertans have 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.

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

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

Right now, 57.2 per cent of St. Albertans have voted against adopting it, while 42.8 per cent are in favour of 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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