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Alberta: Municipal System Overview


  • Edward C. LeSage Jr.
  • Melville L. McMillan


This paper is an expanded version of a chapter that will appear in an edited volume of essays that provides an overview of all Canada’s provincial municipal systems. This paper surveys the municipal government system in Alberta with attention to its components, configuration, character and major issues. It also provides selective accounts of historical developments for purposes of establishing contexts for descriptions and analysis. The Western Centre for Economic Research has graciously agreed to publish this paper understanding that it contains significant amounts of information and insights over and above the contents of the chapter. This publication provides a link to past literature, most particularly Jack Masson’s comprehensive monograph in Alberta local government (Masson 1994), and serves to update certain sections of that significant contribution to the study of municipal government. However, portions of this paper (especially the municipal finance commentary) are more analytically incisive than Masson’s treatment and stand as something new and different.

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  • Edward C. LeSage Jr. & Melville L. McMillan, 2008. "Alberta: Municipal System Overview," Information Bulletins 1110, Western Centre for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:alb:series:1110

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    Alberta; Municipal; Governance;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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