OCTOBER 1st DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR RIDING CHANGE COMMENTS: Will Timmins-James Bay Get the Shaft from New Riding Maps?
September 24th, 2012 - 5:54pm
Residents of Timmins-James Bay are urged to participate in the public hearing on proposed riding boundary changes in the north. The changes could have a huge impact on the region. MP Charlie Angus is encouraging the public to participate in the public hearing scheduled for New Liskeard on October 15.
“I have received over 700 letters from citizens concerned about the proposed boundary changes. The public will play a huge role in this discussion and I encourage people to sign up to speak to the Boundary Commission when it comes to the north.”
Timmins-James Bay is already larger than Great Britain. Under the proposed boundary changes the new Timmins-Cochrane-James Bay riding will gain even more land mass and population while urban ridings like North Bay and Sudbury are made much smaller.
Angus says it makes no sense.
“I’m scratching my head trying to figure out the balance here. Why would a riding that is already so massive end up with a population larger than the urban riding of Sudbury? There are fundamental questions of fairness that need to be asked here.”
Angus points out that the proposed boundary changes are subject to change based on input. If the public wants to participate in the hearing they need to register by October 1st.
Angus says people can call his office in Ottawa for more details.