We are providing our producers with the preliminary results of the Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) service charge model plebiscite. Final results of the plebiscite will be official once the last day to contest the plebiscite has passed - 15 business days after the announcement of preliminary results. ALP announced the results during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday November 19, 2022. The last day to contest the plebiscite is December 9, 2022, in accordance with the ALP Plebiscite Directive.
The ALP plebiscite was held between October 18, 2022 and November 16, 2022 (at noon) on the question of service charge model of the ALP.
There was no set voting criteria established for this plebiscite, therefore, the criteria is set at 50% + 1 of votes cast.
The results of the plebiscites show most producers that voted, were in favour of the status quo, a refundable service charge model for ALP. The numerical results are highlighted below.
- Number of votes cast electronically = 118
- Number of votes submitted by mail-in ballot = 137
- Total number of votes submitted = 255
- Number of votes for a non-refundable service charge model = 105 (41.7%)
- Number of votes for status quo (refundable service charge model) = 147 (58.3%)
- Mail-in ballots rejected = 3
- Participation Rate = 15.38%
- The directive required a report from the Deputy Returning Officer of any potential anomalies or errors that may have arisen during the electronic voting process and given that there were none, the tabulation is final.
- Formal letters will be sent to key officials (Minister and the ALP Chair) following the date to contest the plebiscite (December 9th).
- The preliminary results of the plebiscite will be posted to Marketing Council’s website (by November 28th ).
- Official results will be shared once the date to contest the plebiscite has passed (December 9th).
- Given the results of the vote are for the status quo, refundable service charge model, there will be no change to the current service charge structure or regulations.