ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES REPORT A WIN FOR THE NORTH: NDP SUCCEED IN PROTECTING REPRESENTATION
September 30th, 2013 - 3:23pm
New Democrats say the final boundary maps for the 2015 federal election is a real victory for northerners. In its final report issued today, the Electoral Boundary Commission has backed off on its plan to radically redraw the electoral boundaries of Northern Ontario. This maintaining of the status quo is in marked contrast to the plan that would have created huge new rural ridings in northeastern Ontario.
MP Charlie Angus of Timmins-JamesBay says the single biggest victory was the New Democrat-led push to maintain ten seats in the north.
“There was a lot of political pressure to take more seats out of the north. The Conservative MPs in the north were nowhere on this issue. New Democrats fought to ensure that our region wasn’t further disadvantaged. I am glad this message was heard.”
Angus says the original map plans produced last year would have created new super ridings in the north. The Timmins region would have become the largest riding in the north by population and geography. He says the original maps would have disadvantaged communities and voters.
“The number one issue was always the question of fairness. Why would they make ridings that are already bigger than European countries even larger than they already are? This is about northern residents being able to access service and have the ability to interact with their political representatives. The final electoral map is a big win for the north.”