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Leadership Contests

Bill 35, the Fair Elections Financing Act (FEFA), was tabled in the legislature on November 28, 2016 with much of the FEFA coming into force on that date; the Bill received Royal Assent on December 14, 2016.  The Bill introduces changes to the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA) that have an immediate and significant impact on all political parties, constituency associations, candidates, leadership contestants, and third party advertisers.  In addition, any person seeking endorsement as a candidate for a party in an electoral division is now required under the EFCDA to register as a nomination contestant and file financial returns with Elections Alberta.

Elections Alberta is working to update all existing resources and to create additional resources to account for the new legislation.  As resources become available, they will be posted on this website.

A leadership contest is the procedure by which a registered party selects a leader. A leadership contestant is a person who seeks the leadership of a registered party at a leadership contest called by that party for that purpose. Under the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA), Elections Alberta is responsible for oversight of leadership contests including the management of registration, reporting and disclosure of leadership contests.

Political parties are responsible for receiving and reviewing the registration applications and endorsing eligible leadership contestants. The leadership contestants are responsible for appointing an eligible Chief Financial Officer (CFO). CFOs are responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of campaign finance including the filing of Leadership Contestant Financial Statements.