Electoral boundaries will once again be the topic of discussion this afternoon in Grande Prairie.
There is another public hearing and the Chair of the Electoral Boundaries Commission, Justice Myra Bielby says the current constituency boundaries were based on population figures that are now out-of-date and must be changed.
“It was based in 2009-2010 on a much lower population for Grande Prairie. So, the two constituencies that currently exist, last time were pretty equally balanced between population that lived in the City of Grande Prairie and population that lived outside of the city.”
She says the two constituencies now are favoring a city population over county.
“And so, it’s not necessarily going to happen that the County will have an equal voice in the future (if) we continue with two blended constituencies.”
Bielby thinks the two local constituencies need to change.
“If we were to go forward with the two blended constituencies in the future, each of them would be weighted 75 percent towards residents of the City of Grande Prairie and 25 percent towards residents outside of the City of Grande Prairie.”
She is encouraging anyone with feedback to attend the hearing at 1 p.m. today at the Sandman Hotel.