The Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear a challenge of the former Alberta government’s decision to call an election in 2015.
A general election was held in Alberta in 2012 and based on the province’s Election Act, the next one was to take place between March 1 and May 31, 2016.
Edmonton lawyer Tom Engel and Donald Rigney, who wanted to run as a candidate, went to court in March 2015 seeking a declaration that the Election Act prohibited an election call before the 2016 window.
A judge dismissed their application and Alberta’s Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.
The appeal court saw no error in the original decision and said Rigney was not denied a meaningful chance to participate in the election.
The court found that even if the Election Act created a statutory expectation about when elections would normally be held, that does not evolve into a constitutional right that they will not be held at any other time.
The Canadian Press