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The deadline to submit the petition to recall Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek has passed, and the man who started it all says he didn’t reach the minimum required number of signatures to remove the mayor from office. 

As required by provincial legislation, local HVAC business owner Landon Johnston had 60 days to collect 514,284 hand-written signatures — 40 per cent of Calgary’s 2019 population — after he initiated the petition at the end of January.

Johnston submitted the final signatures before the deadline on Thursday. He says he’s counted 72,271 in total, which is 442,013 shy of the target.

In order to be deemed sufficient, Johnston’s petition needs more signatures than people who voted in Calgary’s last election.

During a news conference outside of the Elections Calgary offices following the petition drop-off, Johnston called this a “crash course” experience in politics.

“We did not get enough to get the mayor …

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