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Special Committees

Special committees are appointed by the Assembly to deal with special issues that may come up once and never again. The recent examples are:

Electoral Boundaries. Because the province had to make major revisions to Alberta's electoral districts, the Assembly decided to ask for suggestions from the public. The Electoral Boundaries Committee held public hearings all over the province, and many Albertans presented their ideas.

Constitutional Reform. This committee held public hearings so that Albertans could tell its members what changes, if any, they would like to see made to Canada's Constitution. The hearings helped the Assembly develop a made-in-Alberta plan for constitutional reform.

Parliamentary Reform. At the constitutional reform hearings, many Albertans suggested that they wanted some changes in the way the Assembly works, so the Assembly decided to form a committee to look at the issue.

The chairman of each committee presents a report to the Assembly. Reports usually include what the committee found and what they would like the Assembly to do. The Assembly does not have to do what a report recommends, but if it does, the government introduces a Bill or motion containing the recommendations.

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Reproduced from the Teacher's Guide to the Alberta Legislature, 1993 with the kind permission of the Legislative Assembly Office.
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