Who’s My MLA?
Canada’s Constitution requires that provincial elections be held at least once every five years.
Under the Alberta Election Act, a provincial election shall be held within the 3-month period beginning on March 1st and ending on May 31st every four years following polling day in the most recent general election. The Lieutenant Governor has the power to dissolve the Legislature and authorize a provincial election prior to this date.
In Canadian elections Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are chosen through the single-member plurality system, or first past the post. In other words, the candidate winning the most votes in an electoral division is the winner even if he or she received less than 50 per cent of the popular vote, which is the total number of votes cast.
MLAs represent their constituents, and to represent means, above all, to communicate. In the Assembly Chamber, MLAs earn their living with their voices, making the views of their constituents known by introducing Bills and debating and discussing concerns with other Members. To represent you in the Assembly, your MLA communicates your concerns to other elected Members and to various government ministries. But that is only a small part of your MLA’s role as your representative. MLAs perform most of their duties in their constituencies, out of sight of cameras and reporters. Here they earn their living with their ears, listening to the problems, questions, ideas and opinions of the people who elected them.