Staff at the BC Legislature may have found a way to cram two more seats into the 85-seat house following recommendations from the independent Electoral Boundaries Commission.
The commission proposes two new ridings in Richmond and Surrey and boundary changes to 49 other ridings.
By law, it was forbidden from cutting under-populated ridings in the North, Cariboo or Kootenays–which means the giant Stikine riding with just 21-thousand people gets one MLA as does Vancouver-Fraserview with 63-thousand people.
Commission chair Thomas Melnick says that’s fair.
“People in the Vancouver ridings can probably walk down a few blocks and see their MLA. Not so easy if you live in some of the parts of Stikine.”
The public can comment on the changes until May 26th and the final report next September is not binding on government.