We are closer to seeing how the ridings may shape up ahead of the next provincial election as BC’s Electoral Boundaries Commission releases its final report.
Commission Chair Justice Tom Melnick says there were concerns raised during consultation about having an equal number of voters in each boundary.
“It didn’t matter about the size. For them it was the equality of the voting populations but that’s not the marching orders that we had, and it isn’t the law in Canada either.”
The next provincial election in B.C. is expected to be held in 2017, and if the report’s recommendations are taken up by the legislature, that will bring up the total number of boundaries from 85 to 87 with new ridings in Surrey-South and Richmond-Queensborough.