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Alberta bill will give government authority over auto industry watchdog

Alberta introduces bill to oversee AMVIC.
Alberta introduces bill to oversee AMVIC. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has introduced a bill to give it authority to address concerns with the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council.

The council works as an industry watchdog – licensing and regulating auto dealers, repair shops and sales people – while also investigating consumer complaints.

A recent government review of the council found administrative problems and concerns with how it handled consumer investigations.

Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean says the proposed legislation would give the province authority to make sure the council did its job.

It would allow the government to fire board directors or employees if necessary.

The council has failed to make recommended changes to its practices dating back to 2009.

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