Local federal boundaries could be set for changes

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HURON-BRUCE – A new Federal Electoral Map is taking shape in Ontario and across Canada, that could see changes to boundaries throughout this area.

The changes are aimed at ensuring fair representation. There has been substantial growth in the province over the past decade, but that growth hasn’t been even. The restructuring is aimed not only at equal numbers, but also communities of interest and identity, historical patterns and geographic size.

Brockton and South Bruce, presently part of the federal riding of Huron-Bruce, would, under the proposed plan, become part of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, as described in the proposal. The riding would also include Owen Sound, Hanover, South Bruce Peninsula, Arran-Elderslie, Meaford, Northern Bruce Peninsula, West Grey, Chatsworth, Georgian Bluffs, Southgate, and the First Nations communities of Chief’s Point No. 28, Neyaashiingmiing No. 27 and Saugeen No. 29.

What is now Huron-Bruce would become part of a new riding called South Huron Shores, which would include Goderich, Saugeen Shores, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Kincardine, Lambton Shores, Morris-Turnberry, North Middlesex, South Huron, and Kettle Point Indian Reserve No. 44.

The proposed riding of Perth-Wellington would include Stratford, Minto, St. Marys, North Perth, West Perth, Howick, Mapleton, Perth East, Perth South and Wellington North.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario has begun its review of the province’s 122 federal electoral districts, following the 2021 census.

The commission’s proposal was published Aug. 19. There will be an opportunity for public comment, with the deadline for written submissions Sept. 25.

People will also have the opportunity to make a presentation at a virtual or in-person hearing (by completing a public hearing participation form).

Comments and feedback may also be sent to the commission by mail or email, or by using the interactive mapping tool on the redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca website.

There is additional opportunity for comment on Facebook (facebook.com/FedBoundaries).

This will be followed by publication of the report. MPs will then have the opportunity to state their objections.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times