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Athabasca Potentially Joining Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche in New Provincial Riding
There's some insight into how provincial ridings could be drawn up for the next election in 2019.
 
Proposals are to move Athabasca County into a Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche riding, consisting of Lac La Biche and area, a portion of Fort McMurray and Athabasca County in it's entirety.
 
The interim report says Calgary and Edmonton should get an addition seat each to reflect the growing trend in the urban population, while rural ridings be altered to accomodate that change.

There are no plans to increase the number of ridings, which currently sit at 87.
 
Among other changes, the report recommends that four electoral divisions - Fort McMurray-Conklin, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville and Bonnyville-Cold Lake - be consolidated into three.

There is also the possibility that Calling Lake will be part of the Lesser Slave Lake riding, not Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater.
 
Commission members say that is because residents of the Calling Lake have more common interests with most of the Lesser Slave Lake population, a majority of whom are of indigenous descent. 
 
The final report is due October 31, and will take into account further debate from the public.

You can view the entire report here.

May 26, 2017 - Victor Kaisar (vkaisar@newcap.ca)








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