REGINA — A commission tasked with drawing new voting boundaries ahead of Saskatchewan's next provincial election is proposing no increase in the number of constituencies, despite the province's growing population.
The Constituency Boundaries Commission's interim report proposes keeping the number at 61 — two in the province's north, and 59 in the south.
The report says two constituencies — Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakotaand Regina Wascana Plains — would shed their rural voters and become solely urban ridings due to population growth.
The report suggests leaving one constituency that would have a mix of rural and urban voters, called Martensville-Blairmore.
Queen's Bench Justice Donald Layh, the commission's chairman, says they were able to work from existing boundaries to avoid confusing voters.
Layh says the public will be able to offer feedback in September before a final report is presented to the legislative assembly, which then makes the final decision in time for the election set for October 2024.
In announcing the commission last April, Premier Scot Moe noted that the province's population has grown by almost 100,000 people over the past ten years, and some parts of the province have grown more than others.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2022.
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