Federal Electoral Boundary Review

We reported on March 27 that a three-person commission had been appointed to review the federal electoral boundaries in Saskatchewan. Other provinces are undergoing a similar review, which happens every ten years following the Canadian census.

As my linked news item notes, a lot of people have concerns about how Saskatchewan’s ridings are laid out — particularly the four hybrid urban-rural seats that Regina and Saskatoon both have. In the last three elections, the outcomes there have not reflected the diversity of political opinion that exists in the ridings (at least as judged by the popular vote).

If we had proportional representation, this wouldn’t be a burning issue. But since we don’t, the argument’s been advanced that our current distribution of ridings is flawed and that changes need to be made to establish a clearer division between urban and rural voters so that the different circumstances that each faces can be better addressed by their elected representative.

Public hearings will be held down the road once a proposal for a new electoral map has been developed, but if you’d like to make your viewpoint known to the commission before then you can contact them at  [email protected]

The deadline is apparently April 15. Short notice, I know. And I hesistate to say that a huge amount of effort’s been made to inform people of the cut-off date for having preliminary input into how the map should look. Regardless, you’re asked to provide your mailing address at the end of your e-mail to make it clear you’re a Saskatchewan resident. And if you want more information you can visit www.federal-redistribution.ca

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3 thoughts on “Federal Electoral Boundary Review”

  1. And don’t forget…in 2002, the Boundaries Commission RECOMMENDED the creation of purely urban, purely rural ridings, but its recommendation was overwhelmed and over-ruled by a well-organized Conservative (or whatever they were in 2002) opposition. No folks, this is not a conspiracy theory. This is how politics works. Plus this is what the commission told me directly.

    Think about it: WHY, unless maybe you lived in Moose Jaw, would you oppose this? Oh, because then Speaker Andrew Scheer, “A-Guys” Tom Lukiski, and Caronport Ray would have the huge advantage of the rural vote to swamp the more balanced urban vote, and may not win. Do you think, “Oh, because I think mixed ridings are nice” really makes a good rational to keep them? No, they stink, they suck. And by the way, Saskatchewan is the only province that subscribes to this ridiculousness. End it now.

  2. (Commission didn’t tell me it was “The Conservatives” per se, but that the opposition to its recommendation was overwhelming and uniform, too vociferous to ignore. I’m guessing it wasn’t the girl scouts who mounted that opposition.)

  3. Official conclusion, 2002:

    …the Commission has concerns that the submissions heard by it may not be representative of the residents of Saskatchewan as a whole because voters in agreement with a proposal tend not to make representations supporting it. However, the Commission is of the view that the hearing process mandated by the legislation should be respected and that its decision should not be inconsistent with the submissions that it heard.

    The Commission is impressed by the caliber of the submissions received. Voter apathy is a growing problem and the Commission appreciates the willingness of the presenters to take the time to appear at the hearings and make their views known respecting the Proposals. The Commission has fully considered the submissions received by it and has revised its Proposals as indicated in this Report.

    The legal descriptions of these electoral districts and the resulting maps are attached to this report.

    Dated at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this 19th day of November, 2002.

    George W. Baynton
    Chairman

    David E. Smith
    Vice Chairman

    F. William Johnson
    Member

    CERTIFIED copy of the Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan.

    Harvey Walker
    Commission Secretary

    http://www.elections.ca/scripts/fedrep/sask/report/reasons_e.htm

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