6 new ridings proposed in BC due to growing population

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6 new constituencies proposed in BC due to growing population

Forty-eight of British Columbia's 87 ridings are currently located in Greater Vancouver.

The British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission believes that the province should add six new electoral districts and, therefore, six additional members of the Legislative Assembly to better represent the population which has grown significantly, mainly in the south of the province.

This is what she says in a preliminary report she has just published.

To reflect population growth, the Commission wants to add four new ridings in Greater Vancouver (Burnaby, Langley, Vancouver and Surrey), one in the Kelowna area, and one on Vancouver Island, in Langford.

This would bring the total number of constituencies to 93.

Commission Chair Nitya Lyer explains that this recommendation was made due to the increase in the province's population by more than 300,000 people in 5 years.

The report also recommends changing the boundaries of 71 districts geographical and demographic reasons.

Nitya lyer says commission members traveled across the province and gathered feedback during 50 public meetings in 43 communities before drafting their recommendations.

The Commission is inviting public comment on its recommendations until November 22.

It will submit a final report to the x27;Legislative Assembly in April 2023, and it is the members who will have the last word.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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