Rocky View Residents Petition Province for Review of Dysfunctional Council
Rocky View residents have become increasingly concerned about the out-of-control majority on Rocky View's Council. The sanctions on Councillors Hanson, Kissel, and Wright were the last straw. Since their legal challenge against the sanctions keeps getting delayed, residents need to take action now.
A petition is how residents can formally deal with an out-of-control Council between elections. A petition requires the Minister of Municipal Affairs to inspect the County's operations, identify shortcomings, and demand improvements. It is also an excellent way to raise awareness within the County regarding the biases of the current Council majority.
What can you do?
Sign the petition
Help restore transparency and accountability to Rocky View County
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to sign the petition
Spread the word
Tell all your friends and neighbours in Rocky View; encourage them to sign the petition
Quick Review - Why We Need A Petition
Council is out of control
The Council majority ignores policy, procedures, and even the law. They also regularly ignore residents – this is not acceptable.
There is rarely any meaningful discussion during council meetings - the majority have clearly decided how they will vote in advance. The Reeve arbitrarily shuts off microphones if he doesn't like what he's hearing.
What’s been happening?
Sanctioning Councillors Hanson, Kissel, and Wright for doing their jobs
Clear abuse of power -- a vindictive move to silence opposing voices
Dissenting opinions are essential in a well-functioning government
Removes effective representation for over 40% of County residents; erodes quality of representation for all County residents
Sanctions blatantly contravene the Municipal Government Act (MGA)
Violating the Municipal Government Act. It provides the rules that municipalities are to operate under – Rocky View ignores the rules
Sanctions imposed by Council
MGA clearly limits sanctions so they do not impede ability to represent residents
Earlier sanctions on Hanson, Kissel, and Wright imposed by CAO
MGA has no provision that allows the CAO to treat individual councillors differently
Ignoring County policies, procedures, & practices
Hiring CAO without following recommended best practices or past County practices
Undertaking complete rewrite of the County Plan because majority on Council don't like it - not due to be reviewed for another 5+ years
Proposing to change the way the County is governed without meaningful public consultation
Awarding contracts contrary to procurement & tendering policies
Breaking promises to residents
Gravel policy – current council promised to find solution; instead just killed it
Voters’ list – in face of demonstrated voter fraud in the 2017 election, council decided to introduce a voters’ list – now the majority reversed this decision
Firearms bylaw – promised consultations to fix problems, instead repealed it using approach that contravened the MGA