Thursday, May 31, 2012

BIG CHANGES PROPOSED FOR NL FEDERAL RIDINGS

Here we go again!

The redistribution of federal electoral boundaries process is underway. The Constitution of Canada requires that the number of seats in the House of Commons be recalculated and the boundaries of federal electoral districts be reviewed after each 10-year census to reflect changes and movements in Canada's population.

 Each province has an  independent commissions that proposes electoral boundaries for the federal ridings/districts in that province.

Justice Keith J. Mercer is the chair of the three member Newfoundland and Labrador Boundary Commission. The other members are Herbert Clarke and Julie Eveleigh.

Public hearings on the proposed new boundaries will begin on July 03 in Gander and and wrap up on July 25th in Goose-Bay.  If you wish to make a presentation at a hearing, or submit a comment, you should inform the commission in writing  no later than June 20, 2012.

Newfoundland and Labrador is guaranteed seven seats in the Federal Legislature. The commissions do consider the input received from Canadians and members of the House of Commons when determining the boundaries. However, as independent bodies, they make all final decisions as to where these boundaries will lie.

The proposed changes to the riding's in Newfoundland  are very significant and extensive. In fact, the commission is proposing redrawing the map. Labrador remains intact but voters in Avalon. Bonavista –Gander–Grand Falls–Windsor, Random-Burin-St. George's, Humber–St. Barbe–Baie Verte, and Bonavista–Gander–Grand Falls–Windsor are up for dramatic change.

The changes could make for some very interesting nomination battles for incumbent Members of Parliament and the next federal election.

On December 16, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer calculated the House of Commons seats to be allocated to each province using the representation formula found in the Constitution and the population estimates provided by Statistics Canada.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does this make nominations interesting? Which sitting MP's will have to run against each other?

Peter L. Whittle said...

Who said anything about sitting MP's running against one another?

Jay L said...

Eminently more sensible than the current arrangement. The last redistribution that resulted in "Burin-Random-St George's" must have been done by using a map with no roads indicated on it.

Anonymous said...

How do you figure any incumbent will have an interesting battle based on riding boundary changes?

Peter L. Whittle said...

Jay:

I agree. It would be great if they accept this north south approach instead of following the traditional bay approach that evolved from they days when there was no highway network. The days of coastal boats are long gone!

ANon:

The power bases will have shifted a little which means in at least three of the ridings the MP's are going to have to adapt to potential challenges and challengers who might not just accept the incumbents in their areas.

The west coast seat might be one to watch. I like the east coast seat..bonavista clarenville and burin peninsula.

The community dynamics really change things.