The new redistricting proposal of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission.
A motion to underline their opposition to the elimination of the federal riding of Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia was adopted unanimously and without debate Tuesday afternoon by the elected officials of the National Assembly.
The Official Opposition Critic for the Election Act for Democratic Institutions and Liberal MNA for Nelligan, Monsef Derraji, together with the CAQ MNA for Rimouski and Minister of Natural Resources, Maïté Blanchette-Vézina, as well as the MNA Matane-Matapédia PQ member, Pascal Bérubé, tabled the motion.
That [the National Assembly] emphasize that any loss of political weight that our Quebec regions suffer jeopardizes the democratic health of our nation, can we read in the motion tabled on Tuesday.
It was Liberal MP for Nelligan, Monsef Derraji who tabled the motion in the Blue Room on Tuesday (file photo).
This is to request that the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission reconsider its recommendation to remove this constituency.
Monsef Derraji also argues that expanding federal counties would alienate citizens from their elected , in addition to harming the quality of the services offered.
We want to emphasize the immensity of the territory, the remoteness, the length of the distances to be traveled and the dispersion of the populations on this territory […] and that the redistricting could not adequately reflect the multiple regional particularities of this riding , explains Mr. Derraji .
“The Commission relies only on statistics and forgets the work on the ground. Our motion is therefore to echo all the work already begun in the region. »
— Monsef Derraji, MP for Nelligan for the Quebec Liberal Party
In its second report tabled last week, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission still recommends removing Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia from the electoral map.
This scenario would consequence of enlarging the three other electoral divisions of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Bas-Saint-Laurent.
By wiping this constituency off the map, is that how we will be able to continue to provide services to the population or is that really listening to the weight of a region? , raises the Liberal MP.
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For Mr. Derraji, this motion is intended to support the cause as well as a reminder, by adding the voice of Quebec elected officials, to the mobilization already underway.< /p>
It is our role, as [Quebec] MPs, to say that the National Assembly, unanimously, asks the Commission to revise the proposal , specifies Monsef Derraji.
The Commission's proposal sparked an outcry among elected officials in Eastern Quebec, who are still campaigning in favor of the status quo of the current electoral map.
The Bloc member for Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia, Kristina Michaud, is one of them, she who did not hide her disappointment and her disagreement during the tabling of the second report.
The Bloc Québécois MP in the riding of Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia (file photo)
La MP is encouraged by the signal that her counterparts are sending to the federal government.
It is very reassuring to know that all Quebec elected officials are behind us in leading this fight and to see that now, regardless of partisan lines in the National Assembly of Quebec, all parties have rallied behind the same arguments. than us,” says Kristina Michaud.
“It shows us that this is no longer just a one-region fight. »
— Kristina Michaud, MP for Avignon–La Mitis–Matane-Matapédia
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The Bloc member indicates that the day after the tabling of the second report, she tried, in Ottawa, to do the same exercise as the member for Nelligan. She wanted to table a motion on this subject, but did not have the same success as Quebec elected officials.
It was not accepted by Liberal and Conservative colleagues , so I couldn't go ahead and file the motion. So that shows that in Quebec, we are more tightly woven than in Canada and the deputies of the National Assembly have stuck together on this issue , adds Ms. Michaud.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission's redistricting proposal is not final.
A House of Commons committee in Ottawa is due to look into the matter and should still study the report.
With the collaboration of Roxanne Langlois.