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.
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.