The involvement of citizens in the political process is an essential part of democracy.
Recognizing the immense importance of meaningful citizen engagement, Public Interest Alberta has
written a proposal entitled Engaging Citizens for a Stronger Democracy which urges elected representatives and government officials to take strong measures to strengthen democracy.
In strong democracies, citizens’ active participation is encouraged and facilitated by elected representatives who respect and value the informed views of citizens and organizations. Citizen engagement in governance and decision-making is more than a democratic right - it is an important element of sound policymaking and a key element of strong democracy.
We encourage you to take this proposal to your elected officials to encourage the government to systematically adopt better practices for involving citizens and civil society groups in a meaningful way when developing legislation and public policy.