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