The Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission is recommending Grande Prairie have a riding that is completely inside the city.
It is recommending the Flyingshot Settlement, Mountainview, Crystal Ridge and Crystal Estates areas be moved into the new riding from Grande Prairie-Smoky.
“Probably the biggest [proposed] change in our area around Grande Prairie is the loss of Grande Prairie-Wapiti. It’s basically been taken right out,” Todd Loewen explained, MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky. “By taking out one constituency then an MLA like myself will have to cover more communities across the area… it kind of waters down the representation for rural Alberta.”
The new riding would have a population of 46,393.
Part of the city would still be in GP Smoky.
That includes areas east and/or south of Resources Road, 88 Avenue, the rail tracks, 108 Avenue, 92 Street, 116 Avenue and 88 Street.
The part of the former GP-Wapiti to the west of Grande Prairie, including Wembley and Beaverlodge, would move to a newly-named Central-Peace Notley, the rest into GP-Smoky.
“This NDP Government has more support in urban Alberta, and I think they wanted to represent that here,” said Loewen. “This Commission has members from different representation on that committee, but definitely most of it’s representation is of the NDP Party.”
Grimshaw would move to the Peace River constituency from the current Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley. All of this is contained in an interim report from the Commission. Public input is being sought on a number of questions.