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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:30 pm    Post subject: Alberta to eliminate 3 rural provincial ridings Reply with quote

( we can see how desperate the ndp is becoming as they've basically eliminated 3 UCP ridings by doing this , I don't think many ndp ridings are effected by the changes , it would of made more sense to keep the rural ridings and simply create 3 new urban ridings if those cities have grown that much )


Alberta will lose three rural ridings heading into 2019 election


By Jeremy Simes


Published: December 14, 2017
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Alberta MLAs have voted to get rid of three rural ridings and add three urban ones in time for the next provincial election in 2019.

Members of the legislature officially made the changes yesterday, voting 41-25 for dismantling rural ridings so Edmonton, Calgary and Airdrie-Cochrane each could gain one. Twenty-one MLAs were absent for the vote.

The changes in seat distribution were spurred by the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission, which suggested Alberta’s cities are growing at a faster rate than rural communities.


• Four ridings in central northeast Alberta will be combined into three. They include Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville and Bonnyville-Cold Lake.

• In west-central Alberta, the five current ridings will be turned into four. They include Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, West Yellowhead, Drayton Valley-Devon, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne and Stony Plain.

• In eastern Alberta, seven ridings will be turned into six. They include Battle River-Wainwright, Drumheller-Stettler, Strathmore-Brooks, Little Bow, Cardston-Taber-Warner, Cypress-Medicine Hat and Vermilion-Lloydminster.

During the debate in the house Dec. 13, all United Conservative Party MLAs voted against the changes, arguing rural Alberta’s voice in the legislature will become quieter.

Richard Starke, the lone Progressive Conservative MLA representing Vermilion-Lloydminster, added that rural MLAs will now have to travel longer distances to meet their constituents.

“When you’re there, you’re telling them you care,” he told the assembly.

“As rural ridings become larger and larger, they become a lot more difficult to travel in, and no amount of teleconferencing is going to change that.”

Of the 42 NDP MLAs present for the vote, only two voted against the changes.


Colin Piquette, the NDP MLA for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, said while he understands why cities might need more ridings, many people in the rural communities he represents told him they were concerned with the changes.

“They were concerned about the dilution of representation, and they urged me that what they wanted to see was the status quo,” he told the house.

Al Kemmere, president of the Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, had been lobbying the government to maintain the status quo by not changing the electoral map.

He said in an interview earlier today that he’s disappointed with the changes but hopes there are more opportunities in the future to enhance rural Alberta’s voice in the legislature

“We need to find ways to work with the government to come up with new tools or better tools,” he said.

“That could mean more constituency offices so people can get to their government representative more effectively, or it could mean more innovative tools like connecting over the Internet.

“We just have to ensure rural Albertans have more access to broadband if that’s the case.”

To view the new electoral boundaries, visit www.abebc.ca.


https://www.producer.com/2017/12/alberta-will-lose-three-rural-ridings-heading-2019-election/
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Province passes new electoral boundary legislation


By CHAT News Today

December 14, 2017 - 10:26am
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 6:52pm



EDMONTON, AB — Alberta will have new provincial electoral boundaries in two years.

During the final day of the sitting of the legislature, the Electoral Divisions Act was passed in third reading by a vote of 41-25.

Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes voted against the bill, saying the bill would reduce the voice of rural Albertans, making it harder for their concerns to be heard in Edmonton.

“There are some extra needs when you’re representing a rural constituency, that being our distance from Edmonton, the size of these constituencies and our primary industries are all in rural Alberta,” he said. “These are reasons that taking three seats out of rural Alberta is just wrong.”

The changes will consolidate 16 rural ridings into 13, and add three new ridings to Calgary, Edmonton and the Airdrie-Cochrane area. The province would still be left with 87 ridings.

The ridings and boundaries were designed by the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission, an independent agency, to address population shifts in the province. The rural riding changes was a result of slower growth in those areas compared to other parts of the province, according to 2016 census data. The final report was submitted to the legislature in October.

Locally, Brooks, Bassano and the County of Newell would join the northern half of Medicine Hat, Redcliff and Suffield to create the new Brooks-Medicine Hat riding. Strathmore, which currently shares a riding with Brooks, would become a part of the new Drumheller-Strathmore riding.

Cypress-Medicine Hat would still be around, but would be made up of the southern half of the city, Dunmore, Irvine and Elkwater.

Bow Island, Manyberries and Foremost move out of Cypress-Medicine Hat, and into the new Taber-Warner riding.

Barnes says he heard from people in his riding that they wanted the boundaries to stay the same.

“If your voice from rural Alberta is going to have a much, much harder time being heard, I think the best balance for ensuring that we have people engaged in our process, that we have people willing to come out and vote, is if we would’ve kept those three rural seats,” he said.

The new boundaries will not take effect until the writ is dropped for the next provincial election, scheduled to take place in 2019.


http://www.chatnewstoday.ca/ar.....egislation
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alberta to introduce bill making boundary changes law

Boundaries commission recommended consolidating rural ridings to create 3 new urban ridings

CBC News Posted: Nov 29, 2017 12:43 PM MT| Last Updated: Nov 29, 2017 12:43 PM MT

Former MLA and cabinet minister Manmeet Bhullar was killed in a highway crash in November 2015.


The Alberta government intends to introduce a bill within the next few days that will turn boundary changes recommended by an independent commission into law.

A majority of MLAs accepted the report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission after two and a half hours of debate in the legislature Tuesday night.


The commission wants Alberta to consolidate rural ridings to create three new constituencies in Calgary, Edmonton and Airdrie to address the rapid population growth in urban areas and keep the number of seats in the legislature at 87.

MLAs from the United Conservative Party opposed the recommendations. Many United Conservative Party members represent ridings outside of Edmonton and Calgary.

Two NDP MLAs broke ranks with their caucus to vote against the report: Colin Piquette from Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater and Eric Rosendahl from West Yellowhead.

MLAs made some changes to the report's recommendations on the proposed names of five constituencies.

The legislature defeated an amendment introduced by UCP MLA Prab Gill to name the proposed Calgary-Falconridge riding after former Progressive Conservative MLA and cabinet minister Manmeet Bhullar.

Bhullar was killed during a snowstorm in November 2015 on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. He was struck by a vehicle after he got out of his car to help another motorist.

In its report, the commission said it would be best to memorialize Bhullar in other ways.

"(The commission) continues to believe that his legacy will receive a more enduring and effective tribute when recognized in other ways, as, for example, by way of the naming of a Calgary elementary school for him, a school that opened in August 2017," the report said.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4425029
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plan to reduce rural ridings irks MDs


By Jeremy Simes



Published: November 23, 2017
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Al Kemmere, president of the AAMD&C, called on members to support his resolution to lobby the government on not reducing the number of rural ridings. | Jeremy Simes Photo

Alberta’s rural leaders plan to lobby the provincial government to maintain the number of non-urban electoral ridings.

They argue that reducing the number of rural ridings would reduce rural voices in the legislature.

The decision to take up the issue came about following a resolution passed Nov. 15 at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties’ (AAMD&C) annual convention.


Recent recommendations by the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission suggested rural Alberta sacrifice three ridings so Edmonton, Calgary and Airdrie-Cochrane each could gain one.


Commission members, who are independent of the government, argued for the reduction in rural seats because Alberta’s cities are growing at a faster rate than that of non-urban communities.

But AAMD&C members are troubled by the proposal.

Al Kemmere, president of the AAMD&C, said that while cities have grown exponentially, rural communities are also growing.

“What’s really missing here is community characteristics and the things that make a riding home to people,” he said.

He argued rural MLAs must cover larger geographic areas than do their city counterparts to meet with constituents.

If rural ridings are enlarged to compensate for having fewer of them, he said it will mean fewer rural politicians in the legislature and it will become even more difficult for them to personally reach voters.

“It’s already almost impossible for MLAs to service (large rural ridings),” he said.

The resolution states the province can still add three ridings to cities if it chooses, but it urges the government to keep the current number of rural ridings the same.


Ninety-five percent of AAMD&C members voted in favour of the resolution.

It might be tricky for the government to add three new city ridings while also keeping the rural ridings intact. When the province tasked the commission to review the boundaries, it indicated that commission members were not allowed to create more ridings.

However, Kemmere said nothing is final.

“What we’re doing is making a statement that we need to protect rural Alberta. We understand three new ridings will cost money, but we need to understand that these rural ridings need to remain manageable.”

Here is what the commission recommended:
•Four ridings in central northeast Alberta be combined into three. They include Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville and Bonnyville-Cold Lake.
•In west-central Alberta, the five current ridings — Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, West Yellowhead, Drayton Valley-Devon, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne and Stony Plain — would be reduced to four.
•In eastern Alberta, seven ridings would be turned into six. They include Battle River-Wainwright, Drumheller-Stettler, Strathmore-Brooks, Little Bow, Cardston-Taber-Warner, Cypress-Medicine Hat and Vermilion-Lloydminster.

https://www.producer.com/2017/11/plan-reduce-rural-ridings-irks-mds/
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New provincial ridings proposed


By Josh Aldrich, Camrose Canadian

Thursday, November 23, 2017 1:03:01 MST PM


The newly proposed Camrose riding would now cut off at the county border west of town and extend east to Hardisty, north of Tofield and south to Alliance, and will grow from its current size. The proposed riding is home to 44,082 people. The new constituency ridings will be voted on during the fall session of the Legislature which ends on Dec. 15. Supplied


If proposed new electoral boundaries go through, Camrose will have a new MLA.

The recently proposed new ridings would drastically change the current layout of the 87 ridings throughout the province, most notably eliminating two rural ridings and transferring them to Calgary and Edmonton. The review was completed by Alberta’s Electoral Boundaries Commission, an independent body established under Alberta legislation.

Locally, the Camrose riding would now cut off at the county border west of town and extend east to Hardisty, north of Tofield and south to Alliance, and will grow from its current size. Wetaskiwin would be part of the Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin riding and extend north to Looma and the edge of Leduc, west to Pigeon Lake and south to the southern edge of Maskwacis. Current Camrose-Wetaskiwin MLA Bruce Hinkley says his riding would increase in size by staying in the Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin riding.

“The area becomes much bigger than what Wetaskiwin-Camrose used to be,” said Hinkley. “It’s not a bad thing for Camrose, because I think a lot of those towns use Camrose as the trading centre, and I think the provincial constituency will include more of the County of Camrose.

“The disappointment for me is I liked representing Camrose.”

Subtracting two constituencies in rural Alberta does make the division between rural and urban representation even greater than before with 46 ridings now split between Edmonton and Calgary and 41 for the rest of the province.

The commission was trying to stick to an average size of 46,332 people in each riding, plus or minus a few percentage points. The biggest discrepancies came in the more remote ridings of the newly-named Central Peace-Notely riding which is at 28,993 and Lesser Slave Lake at 27,818. The proposed Camrose riding would have a population of 44,082 while Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin would be at 43,798. Cold Lake-St. Paul would be the largest population wise at 53,809, with Red Deer South at 52,743.

“If your definition of democracy is one person, one vote then that is how it should be,” said Hinkley. “Unfortunately for rural areas they’re going to have fewer MLAs. However, in Alberta we have always allowed for some variance so the constituencies didn’t get too big. I have often admired … (Battle River Crowfoot MP) Kevin Sorenson because of the huge area his federal constituency covers. If the area becomes big, it does become more difficult for the MLA to cover.”

These proposals will be discussed during the fall sitting of the Legislature and will be voted on before Dec. 15. This is to ensure the chief electoral official has adequate time to ensure everything is organized for the next election in 2019.

jaldrich@postmedia.com


http://www.camrosecanadian.com.....s-proposed
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