Government looking for input on consumer protection

by Morinville News Staff

The government is hosting six open house sessions to give input on key consumer issues, the closest taking place at in Edmonton at the Whitemud Crossing Public Library Sept. 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The government says it wants to hear the public’s views on contract-related issues, including warranties and cancellation rights, as well as shopping-related concerns including transparency in pricing and reward points.

“I am very pleased at the level of interest in the survey. So far, we’ve received more than 2,500 responses,” said Stephanie McLean, Minister of Service Alberta, in a release. I look forward to seeing this number grow and I invite Albertans to join me at some of the open houses. Your feedback is important to help us better protect consumers from unfair practices and businesses from unfair competition, and make life more affordable for all Albertans.”

Albertans who cannot attend the open houses have until Sept. 15 to complete an online survey, which will also be used to gather public input on 15 consumer topics.

The survey can be found online at:

The government says the most popular topics so far are the need for a Bill of Rights, ticket sales, car repairs and return policies. Other issues about marketplace fairness, including moving services and debt-collection practices, are also generating input.

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