Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Provincial Electoral boundaries hearings coming to Prince Rupert

The independent and non-partisan review of the BC Electoral Boundaries commission is about to get underway, with the first stop of they September to November hearings sessions set for Prince Rupert on Monday September 22nd.

The Boundaries commission is asking for feedback from the residents of the province as they review the scope of each riding in the province and give consideration to changes, both in size and to the names of the riding's examined.

Any changes that are adopted would be in effect for the next two provincial General Elections.

Monday's session in Prince Rupert is to take place at the Crest Hotel in the British Columbia room, start time for the session is 6:30 PM.

One item of concerns for North Coast residents might include any thoughts of merging this riding with other riding's of the Northwest, owing to current population levels. Comments on issues of that nature are the kind of contribution that the Commission may be seeking as they start their province wide journey.

For those that cannot take part in the public hearings, there is an opportunity to submit your comments through an online format (see here) those submissions must be made prior to 11:59 PM on Sunday, November 16th, 2014.

You can review the current electoral district maps here, the full scope of the North Coast Electoral District can be viewed here.

The timeline for the Commission's work starts with the fall hearings, with a preliminary report to be delivered to the Legislature by May 9th of 2015. Comment and further public hearings will follow that release, with a Final report on any potential changes to be provide to the Legislature by November 5th of 2015.

The tour of the northwest continues on Tuesday with a stop in Terrace in the morning and then it's on to Smithers for a Tuesday evening session (see itinerary here).

You can learn some background on the work of the commission from this media release of earlier this month, more about the process ahead for the British Columbia Electoral Boundaries can be found on their website.

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