Gaspésie would lose one seat in 2024 if the proposal were adopted (Archives).
A proposal to redraw the federal electoral map would eliminate one seat in Est-du-Québec. The region would thus be reduced from four to three constituencies from August 2024 if this proposal were adopted.
In the revision of the electoral boundaries proposed Friday by the Boundaries Commission federal elections for Quebec, the riding of Bloc Québécois MP Kristina Michaud, Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia, would be wiped off the map.
The county would be split in two to join two new ridings: Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine–Listuguj and Rimouski–Matane.
In purple, the territorial changes proposed by the Commission.
The Côte-du-Sud would swallow up Témiscouata to create the riding of Montmagny–Témiscouata–Kataskomiq.
In order for Quebec to retain 78 ridings, a new riding would be created: that of the Pays-d'en-Haut, in the Laurentians, honoring at the same time the Bloc motion adopted in the House of Commons so that Quebec does not lose seats.
The proposed deletion of the Gaspé riding is part of a decline that began several decades ago, according to the explanatory document of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Quebec, which is based on demographic data.
It is also the best option since this riding is the least populated of the four counties in Eastern Quebec, as well as among all the federal electoral ridings in the province. In addition, its geographical location allows the two neighboring constituencies to absorb its components, again according to the document.
This is the first step in the process which must lead to the tracing of the next federal electoral map, Commission Chairman Jacques Chamberland said in a press release.
Public hearings are scheduled for September so that the Commission can consult the public. . She will be in Gaspé, Matane, Rimouski and Rivière-du-Loup on September 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Other details will follow.